We’re excited to announce that Michael Reilly, a science and technology journalist for nearly two decades, will be joining The Markup as its managing editor. In this role Reilly will help refine and execute our journalistic vision, lead and manage the newsroom and its processes, and help shape our ambitious and impact-driven journalism.
Reilly (everyone calls him Reilly!) has brought an insatiable curiosity, a desire to build, and a genuine love for his colleagues and their mission as journalists wherever he’s gone. That’s included stops on both U.S. coasts for New Scientist, two startups, and an incredibly rewarding run at MIT Technology Review, which was a two-time National Magazine Award finalist during his time as executive editor.
While at Technology Review, Reilly pioneered the magazine’s newsletter operation, established an award-winning podcasting team, and edited countless print and online features. He also led several long-haul investigations, including efforts that exposed racial bias in the Department of Justice’s China Initiative (which ultimately led to the initiative’s demise) and a series of stories on the ways in which law enforcement agencies in Minnesota ratcheted up surveillance against protestors in the wake of George Floyd’s murder.
Reilly’s editing and reporting work has won dozens of awards, including multiple Webbys, investigative prizes by the Association of British Science Writers, the Newswomen’s Club of New York, and recognition by the American Bar Association, among others.
A former geologist and life-long lover of science, Reilly has covered everything from emerging infectious diseases to Indonesian mud volcanoes, in addition to technology. At The Markup he is excited to work with a team of journalists who have shown unmatched commitment to uncovering the impacts of technological innovation on modern life.
Reilly starts at The Markup on April 24, and we’re excited to welcome him. Please congratulate him with us at @Reillymj.