Michael Beahan Shnayerson (born December 2, 1954) is an American journalist and contributing editor for Vanity Fair magazine. He is the author of several books and over 75 Vanity Fair stories since 1986. Two of his pieces for the magazine have been developed into films. In 1980, Shnayerson became the editor-in-chief of Avenue magazine, after stints at TIME magazine and The Santa Fe Reporter.
Shnayerson is the son of the journalist and editor Robert Shnayerson and a graduate of Dartmouth College and the Collegiate School. He was briefly married to Cynthia Stuart, daughter of the actress Mary Stuart before marrying the writer Cheryl Merser. Shnayerson lives in Sag Harbor, New York, with his daughter.
- Coal River
- The Car That Could: The Inside Story of GM's Revolutionary Electric Vehicle
- Irwin Shaw: a biography
- The Killers Within: The Deadly Rise of Drug-Resistant Bacteria
- Michael Shnayerson
- Michael Shnayerson: About Us: vanityfair.com
- "Miss Stuart Weds Michael Shnayerson". The New York Times. 13 December 1987.
- "WEDDINGS; Susanna Porter, James Clark Jr". The New York Times. 13 June 1993.
- Dedman, Bill (15 July 2007). "The list: Journalists who wrote political checks". MSNBC. Retrieved 24 October 2010.
- Coal River book
- IMDb Profile
- Vanity Fair Biography of Michael Shnayerson
- Night Comes to the Appalachians Michael Tomasky review of Coal River from The New York Review of Books