Michael R. Meyer

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Michael Ryder Meyer, author and journalist, is chief speechwriter for the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon.[1][2]

He has also written The Year That Changed The World: The Untold Story of The Fall of The Berlin Wall. His previous book, The Alexander Complex was published by Times Books.

Before his post at the United Nations, Meyer was at Newsweek Magazine for two decades. From 2001 to 2007 he was Europe Editor for Newsweek International, where he also oversaw the magazine's coverage of the Middle East and Asia.[3]


Early life and education[edit]

He holds a B.A. from Hamilton College and received graduate degrees from Columbia University School of Journalism and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.


Meyer worked at The Washington Post and Congressional Quarterly before joining Newsweek in 1988.

Between 1988 and 1992, Meyer was Newsweek's bureau chief for Germany, Central Europe and the Balkans, writing more than 20 cover stories on the break-up of communist Europe and German unification. During this period, he witnessed firsthand many of the key events of 1989 and the fall of communism, including the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the revolutions of Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and Poland. He was the last western journalist to interview the Romanian dictator, Nicolae Ceauşescu, just before he was shot. He went on to cover the collapse of the Soviet Union, from Moscow to the Baltics. Beginning in the early 1990s, he traveled widely throughout the Balkans, writing of the coming war in Europe and covering the disintegration of Yugoslavia. Meyer is the winner of two Overseas Press Club Awards.

From 1993 through 1999, Meyer was Newsweeks general editor for business and technology, covering the Internet revolution and receiving several prizes including the 1995 Computer Press Award. He was Newsweeks Los Angeles bureau chief from 1992 to 1993, the second-largest of Newsweek's bureaus, where he wrote and reported stories from the politics of immigration to Hollywood's studio wars to the Los Angeles riots, for which he shared in a 1993 National Magazine Award for General Excellence.

From 1999 to 2001, Meyer took a sabbatical from Newsweek to work on a diplomatic posting with the United Nations mission in Kosovo, where he was a senior staff officer for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe with principal responsibility for nation-building and civil society. He was hired to start the first news agency in that region and was founding director of KosovaLive. He returned to Newsweek in 2001 as Europe Editor for Newsweek International, where he also oversaw the magazine's coverage of the Middle East and Asia.

Meyer is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and was an Spring 1999 Fellow, at the American Academy in Berlin.




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