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Michael Powell ’78

Michael Powell has been a Sports of The New York Times columnist since 2014.

Prior to that, he wrote the Gotham column for the Metro section, was a national economics writer for Business, and covered the Barack Obama and Rudy Giuliani presidential campaigns in 2008. He’s been at The Times since 2007.

Powell was part of the team that won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News for its swift and sweeping coverage of the sex scandal that resulted in the resignation of Governor Eliot Spitzer.

in 2013, Powell was part of a team that won a George Polk Award. Writing for The Times Gotham column, the story uncovered evidence that a Brooklyn homicide detective used false confessions, tainted testimony, and coercive tactics to convict dozens of defendants. Read the story here.

Before joining The Times, Powell worked for The Washington Post from 1996 to 2006, where he covered the 2000 presidential campaign and later served as New York bureau chief.

He began his career in 1984 at the Burlington Free Press, going on to positions with the Bergen Record, New York Newsday, and the New York Observer.

He worked as a tenant organizer in East Flatbush and received his master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in 1984.

Awards / Residencies

Pulitzer Prize, 2009

Purchase College Distinguished Alumni Award, 2010

George Polk Award in Journalism, 2013