Anne Michaud is a journalist, essayist and commentator whose work has consistently informed the public debate, prompted investigations and resulted in systemic change. She has a passion for storytelling and engaging the day’s issues that has translated into numerous awards for her contributions to newspapers, magazines and online.
Beginning with her first year as a reporter and editor at a small Massachusetts weekly, Anne’s news stories and editorials rescued a historic building from demolition. The series won a New England-wide award for public service.
She went on to write business news and features for the Los Angeles Times, blowing the whistle on high-pressure tactics by a major HMO to sell unneeded health insurance to Medicare recipients. Her bi-weekly column on entrepreneurial women won national recognition from such organizations as Catalyst and the National Association of Women Business Owners.
Anne’s reporting in Cincinnati and Pittsburgh halted the construction of a new jail, and instead motivated the expansion of treatment programs for drug offenders. Her stories shamed a psychiatric research hospital into shuttering an inhumane drug trial, and forced an investigation of financial misdealing at a non-profit company running group homes for the disabled. Anne met with white supremacist leaders to document the rise in hate groups in Western Pennsylvania, and once had to make a quick escape from angry skinheads, with the assistance of an undercover federal agent.
As a freelancer, Anne has contributed more than 20 articles to the Boston Globe, for the national, business and science pages. Her work has also appeared in the National Journal’s “Hotline On Call,” Newsweek magazine, BusinessWeek.com, Parents, Reuters, Cincinnati magazine and Pittsburgh magazine.
She has created and moderated communities among parents who contributed to her weekly parenting column “Familyville,” and among New York political junkies reading the influential Crain’s “Insider,” where Anne served as editor. In her first two years with Newsday, she won statewide awards for editorial writing from the NY News Publishers Association and the NY State Associated Press Association, as well as an internal Publisher’s Award at Newsday for commentary. Anne wrote on state government, politics, education and transportation. She was promoted in her second year to Interactive Opinion Editor, charged with developing and implementing the Opinion section’s online presence, and overseeing readers’ letters and comments.
Anne holds a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Trinity College, Conn., and a master of science degree in journalism from Columbia University.