Michael Luo is the editor of newyorker.com and leads the magazine’s online editorial operation, which publishes a mixture of news reporting and commentary, cultural criticism, ideas and arguments, essays, and humor. He writes frequently about politics, religion, and media, and is at work on a book about the history of Chinese exclusion in America. He joined the The New Yorker in November, 2016, as an investigations editor for the magazine.
Previously, he spent thirteen years at the New York Times, mostly as an investigative reporter and editor. He started and led the metro desk’s investigations team. In the course of three years, his reporters were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize four times.
Prior to becoming an editor, he was a reporter on the Times’ investigations desk. He also wrote about economics and the recession as a national correspondent; covered the 2008 and 2012 Presidential campaigns, as well as the 2010 midterm elections; and did stints in the Times’ Washington and Baghdad bureaus.
Before he joined the Times, in 2003, he was a national writer at the Associated Press. He has also worked at Newsday and the Los Angeles Times. In 2003, he was a recipient of a George Polk Award for criminal-justice reporting and a Livingston Award for Young Journalists.
Luo graduated from Harvard University, where he earned a degree in government, in 1998.