Michael Bird is an award-winning investigative journalist and writer based in Bucharest, Romania and London, UK. He specialises in long-form features about eastern Europe, as well as comment pieces, satire and fiction.
He is winner of the 2015 Award for Best Initiatives of European Online Investigative Journalism, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (European University Institute, Florence, Italy) for his work on covering the HIV epidemic in eastern Europe.
Major projects he has worked on include The Fix-Up: ‘How Sky News broadcasts false content about east Europe’ (2017), and Football Leaks in 2016/2017. This latter project is a series of articles from the largest leak in sports history, undertaken in a cross-border project with European Investigative Collaborations spanning 14 countries, leading national media outlets and over 60 journalists. In 2016, he has also worked on Eurocrimes, a data journalism initiative revealing the nationalities of criminals in 25 EU countries and in 2017 on The Malta Files.
Currently he works as a reporter and editor for The Black Sea www.theblacksea.eu – a platform launched in October 2013 for showcasing investigative reporting in the southeast European region. This site was nominated for the European Press Prize for Innovation in 2014, and has also published work nominated for the Investigation Prize in 2016 and 2017.
Previously his work has appeared in the Independent on Sunday, Politico, Tagesspiegel, Ukraine Today, Design Week, the New Statesman, EU Observer, the Daily Express, Druglink magazine, Business Insider and The Diplomat – Bucharest. He has been reporting live for Deutsche Welle TV and BBC Radio Five’s ‘Up All Night’, and has been an expert interview in 2017 for the BBC, Dutch TV documentary ‘Zembla’ and Al Jazeera.
His short fiction published includes The Happy Parents (Pulp.Net), Reindeer Salami (Wells Festival of Literature Prize 2011, shortlisted), The Joy Ultimatum (Hayward Gallery George Condo Prize, 2012 shortlisted), England Doesn’t Want You (Bristol Short Story Prize 2013, shortlisted and published in an anthology) and The Plait (Bristol Short Story Prize 2015, shortlisted, published in October 2015). He also writes satirical attacks for design magazine Jug and scripts for comic book series Great Snake.
This site concentrates on examples of his work since 2008.
Photos on the site are from Romania, Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia, and are taken by Michael Bird, unless otherwise mentioned.