Michael Wines

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Michael Wines
Born Stephen Michael Wines
(1951-06-03) June 3, 1951 (age 66)
Louisville, Kentucky
Occupation journalist
Notable credit(s) The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, National Journal, The Louisville Times, The Lexington Herald
Spouse(s) Sharon LaFraniere
Children three children

Stephen Michael Wines (born June 3, 1951) is an American journalist. He is currently based in the United States, before which time he was the China bureau chief for The New York Times. Previously, he had been The New York Times 's bureau chief in Johannesburg and Moscow.[1]

Education and early career[edit]

Wines graduated from Pleasure Ridge Park High School in Louisville Kentucky. Later, Wines became a 1973 graduate of the University of Kentucky. He received his M.S. degree in journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1974, after which he became a general assignment reporter for The Lexington Herald. Wines covered municipal and state government, politics and education for The Louisville Times from 1974 to 1981. He wrote about regulatory affairs and the U.S. Department of Justice for National Journal magazine from 1981 to 1984.[1]

Career at major papers[edit]

From 1984 to 1988, Wines was a Washington-based correspondent for The Los Angeles Times. He has been bureau chief at international postings for The New York Times since 2002.[1]


Wines is married to Sharon LaFraniere, who also writes for the Times. They have three children, Brett, Jack and Nikki.[1]