|Intro||American music critic, author, screenwriter, media critic, and cultural-political consultant|
|Is||Journalist Writer Critic Music critic Screenwriter Novelist Musicologist Film producer Professor Educator Translator Biographer|
|From||United States of America|
|Type||Academia Film, TV, Stage & Radio Journalism Literature Science Music|
|Birth||23 October 1949, Jacksonville, USA|
Michael A. Walsh (born October 23, 1949) is an American music critic, author, screenwriter, media critic, and cultural-political consultant.
Walsh began his journalism career as a reporter and later music critic in 1972 at the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle in upstate New York. He was named chief classical music critic of the San Francisco Examiner in November 1977, where in 1980 he won an ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for music criticism. He became music critic of Time magazine in the spring of 1981, where his cover story subjects included James Levine, Vladimir Horowitz and Andrew Lloyd Webber. He was also a foreign correspondent for the magazine from 1989-1996, based in Munich, Germany, from which city he covered first-hand the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the collapse of Soviet communism in 1991.
Beginning in February, 2007 and running until 2015, Walsh wrote for National Review both under his own name and using a fictional persona named David Kahane, the name of which "... is borrowed from a screenwriter character in (the movie) The Player." This persona has evolved into one of "... a Hollywood liberal who has a habit of sharing way too much about the rules by which they live to a conservative audience."
In January, 2010, in collaboration with Andrew Breitbart, he launched BigJournalism.com, devoted to media commentary and criticism. From December 3, 2010, to the summer of 2013 he contributed a weekly opinion column for the New York Post, and in late June 2012 became a featured columnist at PJ Media. He now contributes weekly to The Epoch Times as well as to the Post as an occasional Sunday columnist, and has been a featured weekly columnist at American Greatness as well. His work has appeared in such publications as The New York Times, Vanity Fair, GQ, Playboy, Smithsonian Magazine, and Connoisseur; in Europe, he has been published in Transatlantik, Die Woche, and the British edition of Esquire. His literary works have been translated into more than twenty languages, including German, Russian, Polish, Hungarian, Japanese, Chinese, and Portuguese.
He currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Wende Museum in Los Angeles, and on the Board of Directors of the Center for Family and Human Rights. His principal residence is in Lakeville, Connecticut.