Michael F. Bamberger (born April 15, 1960) is a senior writer for the Fire Pit Collective and the author of multiple books.
Bamberger was born and raised in Patchogue, New York. He attended its public schools (graduating from Patchogue-Medford High School in 1978), wrote for local newspapers and played golf on nearby public courses. He is married and lives in Philadelphia and is the father of two children.
After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1982, Bamberger became a reporter for the Vineyard Gazette on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. He joined The Philadelphia Inquirer in 1986 and became a senior writer for Sports Illustrated in 1995. Bamberger is the author of seven nonfiction books and the co-author of one novel.
Wonderland: A Year in the Life of an American High School (2004), chronicles the senior year of a group of high school students. The rights for the book were bought by Paramount, and MTV and Tollin/Robbins Productions were to produce the film, which had tentatively been named Pennsbury. In 2004, Mike Tollin and Brian Robbins signed with Walt Disney Studios, leaving the status of the project uncertain.
The Man Who Heard Voices: Or, How M. Night Shyamalan Risked His Career on a Fairy Tale (2006), released the same week as the writer-director-producer's film Lady in the Water, profiles him as he develops it.
The Second Life of Tiger Woods (2020) covers Woods’s win at the 2019 Masters.
He is also the author of four autobiographical books on golf: The Green Road Home (1986), To the Linksland (1992), This Golfing Life (2005) and Men in Green (2015).
- Michael Bamberger; David Mamet (1978). The Water Engine: An American Fable and Mr. Happiness: Two Plays. Grove Press. pp. 216–. ISBN 978-0-8021-4197-2.
- Elson, Rachel (2004-06-13). "What if your high school was better than real life?". San Francisco Chronicle. pp. M3. Retrieved 2009-04-13.
- McNary, Dave (2003-05-14). "Variety: Par dresses for prom pic 'Pennsbury'". Retrieved 2007-02-27.
- McNary, Dave; Dunkley, Cathy (2004-03-04). "Variety: Tollin/Robbins inks pic pact". Retrieved 2007-02-27.
- Maslin, Janet (2006-07-10). "Snubbed by Disney, What's Shyamalan to Do? Walk (and Diss)". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-04-13.
- Maslin, Janet (June 30, 2011). "Golf Phenom, Not Tiger Woods. Sure".
- Ridley, Clifford (March 29, 1996). "Studio 3's `Bart And Fay' Looks At A Friendship".
Two on Tiger Woods: Journey Back to the Leaderboard by John Paul Newport of The Wall Street Journal