Michael Grabell is a reporter for ProPublica, where he has produced stories for The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic, NPR, Vice, Univision and CBS News. His work typically focuses on economic issues, labor, immigration and trade. He has reported on the ground from more than 30 states, as well as some of the remotest villages in Alaska and Guatemala.
In 2016, he received a Gerald Loeb Award for business journalism and an IRE Medal for investigative reporting for a series on the dismantling of workers' comp systems across the country. His stories on the growth of temp work helped spur new laws in California and Illinois and won the ASNE award for reporting on diversity. And in 2018, his stories on retaliation against immigrant workers won the Aronson Award for social justice journalism.
Grabell is the author of two books: a narrative history of President Obama's attempts to revive the economy called Money Well Spent? and the poetry chapbook Macho Man, which won the Finishing Line Press competition in 2013. He started his journalism career writing obituaries for the Daily Record in Parsippany, N.J.