Speaker - Michael Moss

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Michael Moss has been a reporter with the investigations group since joining The New York Times in 2000. In 2010, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for his investigation of the dangers of contaminated meat.

In 2009, Mr. Moss took that most pedestrian of American delicacies, the hamburger, and subjected it to probing reporting to figure out why, 16 years after an E. coli outbreak was linked to Jack in the Box restaurants, ground beef tainted with the pathogen remains such a common threat.

Using confidential corporate and government records, Mr. Moss was able to tell the story of a single hamburger, the American Chef's Selection Angus Beef patty that infected 22-year-old Stephanie Smith with E. coli in the fall of 2007 and left her paralyzed.

Mr. Moss's hamburger article was the centerpiece of a body of work focused on surprising and troubling holes in the system meant to keep food safe.

The day after Mr. Moss's article ran, Tom Vilsak, the Agriculture Secretary, said "the story we learned about over the weekend is unacceptable and tragic," and he launched a review of all department meat safety procedures.

Before coming to The Times, Mr. Moss was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, New York Newsday, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction, Colo., and the High Country News in Lander, Wyo.

He was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in 2006 for his reporting on the lack of protective armor for soldiers in Iraq, and in 1999 for a team effort on Wall Street's emerging influence in the nursing home industry. Mr. Moss received an Overseas Press Club citation in 2007 for stories on the faulty justice system for American-held detainees in Iraq.

Mr. Moss is the author of Palace Coup: The Inside Story of Harry and Leona Helmsley, a Doubleday bestseller. He has been an adjunct professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and has had fellowships with the German Marshall Fund and the Gannett Center for Media Studies. In 1983 he covered an expedition up the West Ridge of Mount Everest in Nepal.

Born in Eureka, Calif., Mr. Moss attended San Francisco State University.

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Michael Moss: Inside the Food Industry

05.20.10 | 01:01:40 min | 2 comments