Ethan Michaeli
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Ethan Michaeli

Ethan Michaeli, the author of “Twelve Tribes: Promise and Peril in the New Israel,” (Custom House Books, 2021), was praised by National Book Award-winner Evan Osnos as a “master portraitist—of lives, places, and cultures. His rendering of contemporary Israel crackles with energy, fueled by a historian’s vision and a journalist’s unrelenting curiosity.” Brent Staples, Pulitzer-Prize winner and member of The New York Times Editorial Board, described Ethan’s previous book, “The Defender: How the Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America,” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016) as “An extraordinary history…Deeply researched, elegantly written…a towering achievement that will not be soon forgotten.” “The Defender” won Best Non Fiction of 2016 prizes from the Midland Authors Association as well as the Chicago Writers Association, was named as a Notable Book of 2016 by The New York Times as well as the Washington Post and Amazon, and to the short list of the Mark Lynton Prize. A native of Rochester, NY, Ethan graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in English Literature. He was a copy editor and investigative reporter at The Chicago Daily Defender from 1991 to 1996, and left The Defender to found the Residents’ Journal, a magazine written and produced by the tenants of Chicago’s public housing developments. Ethan served as executive director of Residents’ Journal’s affiliated not-for-profit organization, and under his leadership, the magazine won national awards for its journalism and for its programs training youths and adults in the skills of modern journalism, including the 2006 Studs Terkel Award for its investigative reporting. Ethan currently is a lecturer at the Harris School of Public Policy of the University of Chicago, and a senior adviser for communications and development at the Goldin Institute, an international not-for-profit organization collaborating with grassroots social change activists in 40 different countries. He has served as a judge in prestigious literary contests including as chair of the 2020 Lynton Prize, and at the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2021. In addition to his books, his writing also has been published by Oxford University Press, the Washington Post, Atlantic Magazine, the Chicago Tribune and other venues.
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