Michael Massing is a New York writer and a former executive editor of the Columbia Journalism Review. He received a bachelor's degree from Harvard College and a master's degree from the London School of Economics. He often writes for the New York Review of Books on the media, politics, and foreign affairs. He has also written for The American Prospect, The New York Times, The Nation, The New Yorker, The Guardian, Politico, and The Atlantic. His book The Fix offers a critique of the U.S. war on drugs. Now They Tell Us: The American Press and Iraq (a collection of articles that appeared in The New York Review of Books) analyzes the press coverage of the Iraq war. His most recent book is Fatal Discord: Erasmus, Luther, and the Fight for the Western Mind, about the rivalry between those two men and the movements they represented--Christian humanism and evangelical Christianity. Massing is co-founder of the Committee to Protect Journalists and currently sits on its board. He is also a board member of the Alicia Patterson Foundation. In 1992 he was named a MacArthur Fellow, and in 2011 he was a fellow at the Leon Levy Biography Center at the CUNY Graduate Center.
Raised in Baltimore, Massing attended the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute.
- Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellowship (1989)
- MacArthur Fellow (1992)
- Mongerson Prize for Investigative Reporting (2005)
- The Storm over the Israel Lobby, New York Review of Books – June 8, 2006
- Deal Breakers, The American Prospect – Mar. 11, 2002
- The Fix. Simon & Schuster, 1998 (paperback: University of California Press, 2000).
- Now They Tell Us: the American Press and Iraq. New York Review Books, 2004 (introduction by Orville Schell).
- Fatal Discord: Erasmus, Luther, and the Fight for the Western Mind. Harper, 2018.
- Michael Massing Biography – Lettre Ulysses Award jury member
- Michael Massing Bio – The Nation
- Article list at NYRB
- Appearances on C-SPAN
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