Michael Grunwald: Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau

Michael Grunwald

Award-winning Author and Journalist

Michael Grunwald has been a senior national correspondent for Time magazine since June 2007, writing cover stories on topics including biofuels, the future of California, the decline of the Republican Party, and Person of the Year: Ben Bernanke. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed book, The Swamp: The Everglades, Florida, and the Politics of Paradise, which received the first-ever gold medal for non-fiction at the Florida Book Awards.

The Swamp is a riveting journey from the Ice Age to the present, illuminating the natural, social and political history of one of America’s most beguiling but least understood patches of land that has come to represent so much more than itself. Currently the largest environmental restoration project in the history of the world is taking place and it is being used as the blueprint for projects across the globe. It is the revival of the Everglades—the most famous wetlands on the planet—and it is a mess. With the rebuilding of the region affected by Hurricane Katrina making news, the history and future of environmentalism is more important than ever. The Everglades is a shining example of humankind’s struggle to undo the damage it has done and the consequences of our actions.

It is home to over 7 million residents with 40 million annual tourists visiting each year, South Florida is America’s premiere vacation resort. However, it is also a disaster site. Drained, the once marshy Everglades has quietly deteriorated into a state of ecological collapse and is a health risk to its inhabitants. (Hurricane Katrina’s destruction of the Gulf Coast was a harsh reminder that living on drained land is dangerous at best and that swamps have many purposes, including acting as storm breaks.) The $8 billion Everglades restoration project has been riddled with problems from the start. As a result of his extensive study on the region, Grunwald is often asked to speak about hurricane season and Katrina, the future of environmentalism, Al Gore and losing Florida in 2000, Jeb Bush and Enron, and the Army Corps of Engineers.

Grunwald’s newest book, The New New Deal (August 2012), reveals the vivid story behind President Obama’s $800 billion stimulus bill, one of the most important and least understood pieces of legislation in the history of the country. Grunwald’s meticulous reporting shows how the stimulus, though reviled on the right and the left, helped prevent a depression while jump-starting the president’s agenda for lasting change. As ambitious and far-reaching as FDR’s New Deal, the Recovery Act is a down payment on the nation’s economic and environmental future, the purest distillation of change in the Obama era.

Grunwald is an in-demand speaker on the subjects of the Everglades, New Orleans, the environment, politics, economics, and finance for universities, conferences, corporations, and environmental groups. He is also a respected authority on general energy and climate issues for civic and business groups, as well as events and conferences focused on alternative energy.

Grunwald has won the George Polk Award for national reporting, the Worth Bingham Prize for investigative reporting and many other journalism honors. In September 2008, his investigation of the drowning of New Orleans won the Understanding Government Foundation’s $50,000 journalism prize, which he donated to hurricane victims. He has also contributed to The New Republic, Slate, The Washington Monthly and Foreign Policy magazines; he has appeared on CNN, PBS, NPR, MSNBC and many other media outlets.

A graduate of Harvard, Grunwald previously spent six years as a staff writer for the Boston Globe, and then nine years as a staff writer for the Washington Post. Mike is married to Cristina Dominguez, a former lawyer who now owns a Marimekko store in Miami’s Design District. They live in South Beach with their son Max and their Boston terriers, Shamu and Candy.

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  • The Swamp: The Everglades, Florida, and the Politics of Paradise
  • Energy and the Environment: Alternative Energy, Global Warming, and Industrial Complex
  • How The Army Corps of Engineers Contributed to the Slow Drowning of New Orleans
  • Politics: The Decline of the Republican Party, the Obama Agenda, and Current Events

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