Michael Bird is an award-winning journalist and writer based in Bucharest, Romania. He specialises in detailed features and investigations about eastern Europe, focusing on politics, drug addiction and urban crisis.
In 2015, Bird won the Award for Best Initiatives of European Online Investigative Journalism for his work on covering the HIV epidemic in eastern Europe.
Currently he works as a reporter and editor for The Black Sea a platform launched in October 2013 for hosting investigative reporting in southeast Europe, nominated for the European Press Prize for Innovation in 2014. Previously his reporting has appeared in the Independent on Sunday, Tagesspiegel, Design Week, the New Statesman, EUobserver, City Metric, Druglink magazine, Business Insider, The Diplomat – Bucharest and Romania’s top online news and opinion magazine, Hotnews and best-selling newspapers Libertatea and Adevarul.