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It’s unusual for a science journalist to win an award that’s typically reserved for entertainment reporters, but Michael Greshko, ’15, has done it. Michael recently won a 2023 National Entertainment Journalism Award from the Los Angeles Press Club, an accolade that honors work by entertainment reporters, editors, and critics based in the US.

Michael scoops up the award alongside Nina Strochlic for their piece “How Does a Magician Trick Other Magicians? We Went to Find Out,” a feature published last April in National Geographic that gives readers a glimpse into the World Championship of Magic. Winning in the Arts/Entertainment Feature, Online category, the story showcases both the ingenuity and craftsmanship behind top-level competitive magicians and highlights the training and drive required to make techniques appear effortless.

When he’s not following magicians across the world, Michael pens stories for publications including The New York Times, Science, Quanta Magazine, The Washington Post, and Atlas Obscura, where he writes the “Fossiliferous” column. Previously, he was a staff writer at National Geographic.

Congratulations to Michael and Nina!