Michael Blanding is a Boston-based investigative journalist whose work has appeared in WIRED, Slate, The Nation, Consumers Digest, The Boston Globe Magazine, and Boston Magazine. His first book, The Coke Machine: The Dirty Truth Behind the World's Favorite Soft Drink, was published by Avery/Penguin in 2010. His latest, The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps, was published by Gotham Books in June 2014 and named a New York Times Bestseller; an NPR Book of the Year; a New England Indie Bestseller by the New England Independent Booksellers Association; winner of an NES Book Award by the New England Society of New York; and a MassBook Must-Read by the Massachusetts Center for the Book.
Blanding is currently a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University and a staff writer at Harvard Business School. He has also co-written several travel guides to New England destinations for Moon Handbooks, and taught journalism at Emerson College, Northeastern University, and Grub Street Writers.
He has won multiple other awards for his writing, including a 2012 Clarion Award from the Association for Women in Communications for best feature article (100,000-500,000 circulation); a gold medal in the 2011 EXCEL Awards from Association Media & Publishing; first place for best general circulation magazine article in the 2005 National Association of Real Estate Editors awards; and a bronze medal for reader service in the 2004 City and Regional Magazine Awards. In addition, he has three times been named a finalist for the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists, in 2006, 2004, and 2003.