Michael E. Moran is an author and political risk consultant for Control Risks based in New York City. His latest work, a novel entitled "The Fall", traces the collapse of a marriage that coincides with the fall of the Berlin Wall. He has written several books of nonfiction, including "The Reckoning: Debt, Democracy and the Future of American Power," was published by Palgrave Macmillan in November 2011. He is co-author of "The Fastest Billion: Behind Africa's Economic Revolution" (October 2012) and has produced three Emmy award winning documentaries on international affairs and global economics.
Moran has worked at some of the world's most important media and financial institutions, including Roubini Global Economics, the Council on Foreign Relations, NBC News, the BBC, Radio Free Europe, the Associated Press, and, early in his career, as a copy boy at The New York Times.
In 2007, Moran led a team that earned a News & Documentary Emmy award for Crisis Guide: Darfur, an interactive multimedia feature on the humanitarian crisis in Sudan's Darfur region. He repeated the following year (2008), winning the Emmy in the "New Approaches to Business and Financial Coverage" category for Crisis Guide: The Global Economy. In April 2011, "Crisis Guide: Pakistan" received an Overseas Press Club award, and the final in the series, "Crisis Guide: Iran," won an Emmy award in 2012.
He served for a decade on the board of the Overseas Press Club and as a judge of its annual awards. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Newsweek, The Economist, The Spectator (UK), The Guardian, The New Leader, on National Public Radio and in many other outlets. He has lectured at dozens of universities and think tanks around the world. Moran was also a member of the communications advisory board of Human Rights Watch from 2001 to 2012.
A drummer, motorcyclist and father of three, he teaches writing at Bard College in New York and is a past Hearst New Media Fellow at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism (2003). He has also coach and cheered his kids' soccer and baseball teams - something he still does today.
Moran may be best known for a foreign policy column he wrote during his years at MSNBC.com, Brave New World. One column in particular, written in December, 1999, was entitled "Times's Up for the Taliban" and, citing the threat Osama bin Laden presented to major cities in the United States, advocated a U.S.-led coalition of like-minded states invade and capture the al-Qaida leader, asking "precisely what order of atrocity will it take for these great powers to put aside their differences and act together against the Taliban and the threat it nurtures. Would the destruction of the Seattle Space Needle have been enough? It's hard to say."
He broke the 2004 story of inadequate armor on American Humvee patrol vehicles, a revelation which, combined with the quick, angry response of service parents, ultimately forcing the Pentagon to spend tens of millions to "back-armor" the vehicles.
Moran was born in Kearny, N.J. in May 1962 and lives today in Montclair NJ.