Michael Scott Moore

Michael Scott Moore (2017) has worked as a journalist in Europe since 2005, when he moved to Berlin from the United States. From 2005-2012 he served as a staff and freelance editor for Spiegel Online, writing news and features. He held a Fulbright fellowship for young journalists in 2006-07.

From 2009-2012 he wrote a regular column for Pacific Standard magazine called “European Dispatch” that evoked different policy approaches in Europe and the United States to problems including health care and clean energy. In 2010 he published a nonfiction book called “Sweetness and Blood: How Surfing Spread from Hawaii and California to the Rest of the World, With Some Unexpected Results.” The Economist rated his book as a best book of 2010.

In 2012 he covered the trial of ten Somali pirates in Hamburg. He traveled to Somalia, with filmmaker Ashwin Raman. Pirates kidnapped Moore and held him in Somalia for two and a half years. At the Carey Institute, he hopes to complete edits to a memoir about his captivity, which is due out from Harper in March 2018.