12 Facts About Michael Specter


Michael Specter was born on 1955 and is an American journalist who has been a staff writer, focusing on science, technology, and global public health at The New Yorker since September 1998.


Michael Specter has written for The Washington Post and The New York Times.


Michael Specter has previously served as an Adjunct Professor of Bioengineering at Stanford University, and a Visiting Professor of Environmental and Urban Studies at Bard College.


Michael Specter delivered a TEDtalk titled "The danger of science denial" at TED 2010.


Michael Specter has written profiles of many people, including Dr Oz, Lance Armstrong, Richard Branson, the ethicist Peter Singer, P Diddy, Manolo Blahnik, AIDS activist Larry Kramer, and PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk.


Two months prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, Michael Specter hosted a meeting at the Milken Institute School of Public Health titled "Universal Flu Vaccine" with Anthony Fauci and several other government officials.


In 1996, Michael Specter was awarded the Overseas Press Club Citation for Excellence for his coverage of the War in Chechnya.


Michael Specter has twice received the Global Health Council's Annual Excellence in Media Award- for his piece about AIDS in India, "India's Plague" and for one about AIDS and the population crisis in Russia, "The Devastation".


In 2009, Specter received the Robert P Balles Annual Prize in Critical Thinking for his book Denialism.


Michael Specter received the 2014 Mirror Prize for best Profile, from the Newhouse School of Communication, for "The Operator," about Mehmet Oz.


Michael Specter was previously married to Alessandra Stanley, a former television critic for The New York Times.


Michael Specter is a 1977 graduate of Vassar College, where he majored in English.