Michael E. Ross is a reporter and news editor for MSNBC.com, reporting on trends in politics, culture and race in America. He also edits the Race & Ethnicity section of MSNBC.com. A graduate of the University of Colorado, he was an adjunct professor of journalism at Columbia University, and has worked at The New York Times, the San Jose Mercury News, the San Francisco Chronicle and other news outlets.
He’s written book reviews, essays and news stories on entertainment and pop culture for The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, Salon, Wired, Entertainment Weekly, PopMatters.com, Jazziz and other publications and Web sites.
His essays have appeared in “MultiAmerica,” a 1997 anthology of multicultural writing; and “Soul Food,” a 2000 collection of inspirational pieces. The author of “Flagpole Days,” a novel (2003), and “Interesting Times,” a collection of essays (2004), Ross blogs on current events at culcha.blogspot.com. He lives in Seattle.