Faculty Profile

Michael Balter

Michael Balter teaches Writing and Reporting Workshop I in the Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program. He has been a journalist for more 30 years, the last 20 of them based mostly in Paris, France. 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 National Geographic and the Los Angeles Times opinion pages. 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.