Michael Fumento is an author, analyst, attorney, journalist and popular speaker currently living in Latin America. A graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law and member of the Pennsylvania bar, he also has a B.A. in political science from Fayetteville State University at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, which he earned while serving as a paratrooper.
Author of five heavily-annotated published books, co-author of two more, and writer of several monographs, Mr. Fumento has been a fellow with Hudson Institute, the American Enterprise Institute, Consumer Alert, and was the 1994 Warren T. Brookes Fellow in Environmental Journalism at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, all based in Washington, D.C. He was also Research & Education Director at the Latin-American focused American Security Council Foundation and speaks Spanish and German.
His work comprises over 70 subject areas viewable at www.fumento.com and on his CV, and Google Scholar has almost 1,200 citations of his work. As Publisher’s Weekly stated, he has “a knack for debunking popular beliefs and revealing the true state of things.” Fumento’s research-intensive style has been praised by The New York Times Book Review, which stated, “His arguments, statistics and perceptions appear almost as irrefutable as they are controversial.”
Fumento has been a nationally syndicated columnist for the Scripps Howard News Service, a legal writer for the Washington Times, a science correspondent for Reason magazine, editorial writer for the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, and was the first “National Issues” reporter for Investor’s Business Daily. He embedded four times in Iraq and Afghanistan, including with the Navy SEALs and 101st Airborne. His research and reporting from Ramadi, Iraq, then the most dangerous city in the world, was highly praised by Gen. David Petraeus who called it “Great stuff with a great unit in a very tough neighborhood!”
A finalist for the prestigious National Magazine Award, his articles have appeared around the world including in such magazines as Readers’ Digest, The Atlantic Monthly, Forbes, Forbes.com, USA Weekend, The Weekly Standard, National Review, The New Republic, The Washington Monthly, Reason, Policy Review, The American Spectator, Nature Medicine, The Spectator (London), a3Umwelt (Austria), and The Bulletin (Australia). He’s appeared in such newspapers as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Sunday Times of London, Sunday Telegraph of London, and the Jerusalem Post.
His television appearances include Nightline; ABC World News; ABC News 20/20; numerous programs on CBS; NBC; CNN; and Fox; PBS; MacNeil-Lehrer; CNBC; the BBC; the Canadian Broadcasting Network; C-SPAN; the Christian Broadcasting Network; Donahue; This Week with David Brinkley, the History Channel, ESPN, and many others. Mr. Fumento has also lectured throughout the nation and the world, including South America, many countries in Europe, and Asia.