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Michael Oneal is a business writer covering a broad array of subjects ranging from global economics to the takeover and bankruptcy of his employers, Tribune Co. He has led a number of award-winning projects for the business section and was a member of the six-person reporting team that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Journalism for a series of stories on unsafe toys that helped focus public awareness on the issue, leading to major changes at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. He has reported in China, India, Europe and throughout the United States.
Prior to joining the Tribune, Oneal was co-founder and executive editor of a financial Website called SmartMoney.com, which won several major awards including the 2001 National Magazine Award for New Media Design. He spent nine years prior to that writing and editing for BusinessWeek magazine in New York and Chicago, running departments including media and entertainment business, people, transportation and corporate strategies. He began his career with American City Business Journals as part of a start-up team that launched highly profitable weekly papers in San Jose, Sacramento and Milwaukee. Mr. Oneal was a 2001-2002 Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan and earned his B.A. from Stanford University. His freelance articles have appeared in the New York Times, SmartMoney, Golf Digest and Italy’s Corriere della Sera. He grew up in Ann Arbor, MI. and lives with his wife and four-year-old son in Chicago.