Michael Luo is the editor of newyorker.com and oversees the magazine’s digital presence across all platforms. He has led a major expansion of the magazine’s online editorial staff, which publishes a daily mixture of news reporting and commentary, cultural criticism, ideas and arguments, essays, and humor. He joined The New Yorker in November, 2016, as investigations editor for the magazine and was promoted to his current role several months later. In 2018, The New Yorker was awarded the Pulitzer Prize gold medal for public service, honoring stories by Ronan Farrow that helped expose the decades-long predation of the movie producer Harvey Weinstein and the elaborate system of private investigators, lawyers, and nondisclosure agreements that he used to cover it up. Much of this work was published by The New Yorker exclusively online.
Previously, Luo spent thirteen years at The New York Times. For three years, he led a team of reporters focused on investigations and narrative features. His reporters were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize four times.
Prior to becoming an editor, he was a reporter on the Times’s investigations desk. His work focused on gaps in gun laws and the influence of the gun lobby, as well as national politics. He also wrote about economics and the recession as a national correspondent; covered the 2008 and 2012 Presidential campaigns, as well as the 2010 midterm elections; and did stints in the Times’s Washington and Baghdad bureaus.
Before he joined the Times, in 2003, he was a national writer at the Associated Press. He has also worked at Newsday and the Los Angeles Times. In 2003, he was a recipient of a George Polk Award for criminal-justice reporting and a Livingston Award for Young Journalists.
Luo graduated from Harvard University, where he majored in government, in 1998.
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