Michael Grunwald (born August 16, 1970) is an American journalist and author. He worked as a journalist for The Washington Post and The Boston Globe and is presently a senior national correspondent at Time magazine.
His books include The Swamp: The Everglades, Florida, and the Politics of Paradise (2007) and The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era (2012)
Life and career
Grunwald graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. in 1992.
Grunwald has held positions at The Washington Post and The Boston Globe before his current position at Time magazine. He has received several awards for journalism including the George Polk Award, the Worth Bingham Prize, the Society of Environmental Journalists award, and the David Brower Award from the Sierra Club.
He wrote The Swamp: The Everglades, Florida, and the Politics of Paradise (2007) after doing a four-part series for the Washington Post in 2002. The book discusses the history of attempts to tame the Everglades and recent work and plans to restore it.
His next book was The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era (2012), about the Obama administration and its response to the financial crisis of 2007–2008. In that book, he describes the discussions and debates that led to the government's anti-recession measures such as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). Taking a positive review of the President's efforts, Grunwald defends the economic measures as full of important, long-term investments while charging Republican Party opponents as being hypocritical and self-serving.
Raised in Greenvale, New York, Grunwald resides in South Beach with his wife Cristina Dominguez, a lawyer, and their two children.
In 2011, Grunwald posted a message on Twitter that he did not care that Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen, was killed in a drone strike by the US government, in 2011. In August 2013, his Twitter message, "I can't wait to write a defense of the drone strike that takes out Julian Assange", a criticism of the WikiLeaks founder, caused widespread outrage. Grunwald later tweeted his regrets: "It was a dumb tweet. I'm sorry. I deserve the backlash."