MacArthur Fellows Program

Michael Massing

Journalist | Class of 1992

New York, New York
40 at time of award
Published July 1, 1992

About Michael's Work

Michael Massing is a journalist who writes about politics, drugs, crime, foreign relations, the press, and human rights.

His work has encompassed such complex and controversial issues as the trial of Manuel Noriega and the origins and results of the Persian Gulf War.  Massing consistently questions the U.S. government’s actions through careful, tenacious research.  In approaching his subjects, he reaches beyond the predictable sources to draw from anthropological studies, fiction, and interviews with unremarkable players.  He has written on issues ranging from low-intensity conflict in Central America to the ideological presumptions underlying U.S. social policy.


Articles by Massing have appeared in the New York Review of Books, the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, the New Republic, the Columbia Journalism Review, and the Times Literary Supplement.  He is the author of The Fix (2000), a study of America’s drug problem, and co-author of Now They Tell Us: The American Press and Iraq (2004).

Massing received a B.A. (1975) from Harvard College and an M.S. (1977) from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Last updated January 1, 2005

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Michael Massing , 1992 MacArthur Fellow
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