Michael Luo is the editor of NewYorker.com, overseeing The New Yorker’s digital presence across all platforms. He leads the magazine’s online editorial operation, which publishes a mixture of news reporting and commentary, cultural criticism, ideas and arguments, essays, and humor.
He joined the magazine as an investigations editor in November 2016 and was promoted to his current job several months later. He writes regularly about politics, religion, and other issues. Previously, Luo spent thirteen years at The New York Times, as a reporter and editor. He covered two presidential campaigns; wrote about the recession as a national correspondent; did stints in the Baghdad and Washington bureaus; and worked on investigative projects. As an editor, his reporters were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize four times and winners of the George Polk award.
Just before he left The Times, he wrote an open letter to a woman who had screamed at him and his family to go back to China that ran on the front page and helped spark a national conversation about Asian-Americans and race. In 2002, as a national writer at the Associated Press, he won a George Polk award and a Livingston Award for a series of articles on three poor, black inmates with intellectual disabilities in Alabama who were convicted of killing a baby that probably never existed. As a result of the series, two of the prisoners were freed.