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Michael Moss

Pulitzer-Prize Winning Journalist

Michael Moss is a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and the author of Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, a #1 New York Times bestseller published in 2013 by Random House.

He is currently working on a second book about food and addiction for Random House, Hooked: Food and Free Will.

From 2000 until 2015, he was an investigative reporter with The New York Times, reporting most recently on the processed food industry. In 2010, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for his investigation of the dangers of contaminated meat. His hamburger article was the centerpiece of a body of work focused on surprising and troubling holes in the system to keep food safe.

Before joining The Times, Moss was a reporter for The Wall Street JournalNew York Newsday and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

He was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in 2006 for his reporting on the lack of protective armor for soldiers in Iraq, and in 1999 for a team effort on Wall Street’s emerging influence in the nursing home industry. He received an Overseas Press Club citation in 2007 for stories on the faulty justice system for American-held detainees in Iraq.

Moss is a former adjunct professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and has had fellowships with the German Marshall Fund and the Gannett Center for Media Studies. In 1983 he covered an expedition up the West Ridge of Mount Everest in Nepal.

Born in Eureka, Calif., Moss attended San Francisco State University. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Eve Heyn, a communications specialist on global health matters, and their two boys.