NYU Arts & Science


Michael Balter

Adjunct Faculty

Michael Balter has taught the Writing and Reporting Workshop I in the Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program since 2010. He has been a journalist for more than 35 years, and divides his time between New York and Paris. He was Paris bureau chief for Science from 1991 to 2002, and continues to write regularly for the journal’s news pages as a Contributing Correspondent. He also contributes to Audubon, Scientific American, and National Geographic. Trained as a biologist at UCLA before going into journalism, Balter has covered all aspects of biology and medicine during his long career, as well as the politics and financing of scientific research; but more recently, he has focused on coverage of archaeology and human evolution. That focus led to his 2005 book, The Goddess and the Bull (Free Press), about the famous excavations at Neolithic Catalhoyuk in Turkey and the origins of civilization. Balter also has a side career as a travel and food writer: His work has appeared in Islands, Bon Appetit, Travel & Leisure, National Geographic Traveler, The Washington Post, and the International Herald Tribune, among many other publications. Balter previously taught science and medical journalism at Boston University.

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