|Michael A. Hiltzik|
November 9, 1952 |
New York City
|Occupation||Journalist, foreign correspondent, columnist, editor, blogger, author|
|Education||1973, B.A. in English, Colgate University
1974, M.Sc. in journalism, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
|Notable award(s)||2004 Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism
1999, beat reporting Pulitzer Prize
|Relative(s)||Harold & Bernice (Rothman) Hiltzik (parents)|
Michael A. Hiltzik (born November 9, 1952) is an American columnist and former reporter who has written extensively for the Los Angeles Times. In 1999, he shared the beat reporting Pulitzer Prize for co-writing an exposé of corruption in the music industry. In 2004, he won a Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism.
He was a journalist at the Buffalo Courier-Express (Buffalo, New York) 1974-1978 and bureau chief 1976-1978. He was a staff writer at the Providence Journal-Bulletin (Providence, Rhode Island) 1979-1981. He joined The Los Angeles Times as a financial writer 1981-1983, and was its financial correspondent in New York City 1982-1988, Nairobi bureau chief 1988-1993, Moscow correspondent 1993-1994. He was a financial staff writer, editor, and columnist at the Times 1994-2006. More recently, he began writing a column about business and economic issues in the US West Coast.
He won Silver Gavel award from the American Bar Association and the Overseas Press Club cited his reporting on East African issues. In 1996 he was a finalist for two Pulitzer Prizes, for his reporting on health care issues in California and his reporting on a major entertainment merger between Disney and ABC.
Along with Times Staff Writer Chuck Philips, Hiltzik won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for the articles they wrote on corruption and payola in the music industry. The year-long series exposed corruption in the music business in three different areas: The Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences raised money for an ostensible charity that netted only pennies on the dollar for its charity; radio station "payola," for airplay of new recordings; and the proliferation of exploitive and poorly conceived medical detox programs for celebrities. Mark Saylor, then entertainment editor of the business section of the paper, said it was especially rewarding because it recognized "aggressive reporting on the hometown industry . . . where The LA Times has long labored under a cloud, the misperception that ...[they]... were soft on the entertainment industry". The series by Philips and Hiltzik led to the ousting of C. Michael Green, then Grammy chief.
After a hiatus, Hiltzik returned in December 2009 to write a business column for the LA Times  where he remains.
- Hiltzik, Michael A. (1991). A death in Kenya : the murder of Julie Ward. New York, N.Y.: Delacorte Press. ISBN 0-385-30191-X. LCCN 90027198.
- Hiltzik, Michael A. (1999). Dealers of lightning : Xerox PARC and the dawn of the computer age (1st ed.). New York: HarperBusiness. ISBN 0-88730-891-0. LCCN 98047043.
- Hiltzik, Michael A (2005). The plot against Social security : how the Bush administration is endangering our financial future (1st ed.). New York, N.Y.: HarperCollinsPublishers. ISBN 0-06-083465-X. LCCN 2005046132.(hardcover : acid-free paper)
- Hiltzik, Michael A (2010). Colossus : Hoover Dam and the making of the American century. New York: Free Press. ISBN 978-1-4165-3216-3. LCCN 2009033833.
- Hiltzik, Michael A (2011). The New Deal: A Modern History. New York: Free Press. ISBN 1-4391-5448-1.
- "Michael Hiltzik." Marquis Who's Who TM. Marquis Who's Who, 2009. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Michigan: Gale, 2009. http://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/BioRC. Document Number: K2016804504. Fee. Accessed via Fairfax County Public Library.
- "Gerald Loeb Awards - Michael Hiltzik". UCLA Anderson School of Management. 2006 <!––year imputed from archive.org––>. Archived from the original on 2006-12-01. Retrieved 2009-10-25.
- Trounson, Rebecca (February 22, 2012). "Mark Saylor dies at 58; former Times editor oversaw Pulitzer-winning series". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
- Shaw, David (April 13, 1999). "2 Times Staffers Share Pulitzer for Beat Reporting". LA Times. Retrieved 30 July 2012.
- Philips, Chuck (April 28, 2002). "Green out as President of Grammys". LA Times. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
- "Michael A. Hiltzik from HarperCollins Publishers". HarperCollinsCanada. Retrieved 2009-10-25.
- SIMS, CALVIN (December 6, 1993). "Reporter Disciplined for Reading His Co-workers' Electronic Mail". The New York Times. Retrieved August 21, 2012.
- Weiss, Michael (April 21, 2006). "I Spy Your IP". Slate Magazine. Retrieved August 21, 2012..
- Kurtz, Howard (April 21, 2006). "Los Angeles Times Yanks Columnist's Blog - Hiltzik Accused of Using Pseudonyms". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2009-20-25.
- Hofmeister, Sallie (December 19, 2008). "Michael Hiltzik to return to writing Business column". The LA Times. Retrieved 27 July 2012.
- Pogue, David (April 4, 1999). "Geek Lore". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-10-25. book review of Dealers of Lightning