Michael has been a reporter with the investigations group of The New York Times since 2000. Previously, he was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, New York Newsday, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction, Colo., and High Country News in Lander, Wyo. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2006 for his reporting on the lack of protective armor for soldiers and Marines in Iraq. He also received an Overseas Press Club citation in 2007 for stories on the faulty justice system for American-held detainees in Iraq. Michael is the author of the best-selling "Palace Coup, The Inside Story of Harry and Leona Helmsley," published by a Doubleday in 1989. He has been an adjunct professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.