Michael Bronner is a journalist, screenwriter and producer/director whose work has been recognized with a Peabody Award, the Edward R. Murrow Award for Investigative Reporting and several Emmy nominations, as well as a British Academy of Film and Television Arts “Best Picture” win and Oscar nomination for the feature film “United 93.”
Bronner spent formative years traveling the world for the weekday edition of CBS News/60 Minutes, having gotten his start at Turning Point, an ABC News documentary unit. In addition to “Guantánamo,” a 2003 Season Premier piece, 60 Minutes credits include “Death by Denial” a Peabody Award-winning hour-long special with Ed Bradley on the AIDS pandemic in Africa (also nominated for an Emmy); “Pitching Prozac,” an Emmy-nominated exposé of drug-company malfeasance; “On the Run,” an Emmy-nominated interview with Palestinian fugitive Abu Daoud, mastermind of the Munich Olympic hostage crisis; “Orphans,” shot in the wake of the devastating tsunami in Indonesia; “The New Iraq,” about a secret pre-invasion Pentagon program to train Iraqi exiles; “His Year in Hell,” the first major investigative piece on the CIA’s use of “rendition”; among many others. 60 Minutes work took Bronner extensively throughout the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Asia.
Bronner covered the Iraq war for CBS and later for Vanity Fair, where he has served as a freelance Contributing Writer since 2005, writing long, narrative, investigative stories. These include “9/11 Live: The NORAD Tapes,” for which he obtained never-released Air Force recordings from the critical hours of the attack (the piece won the Society of the Silurians’ “President’s Choice Award”); “The Recruiters War,” which exposed illegal recruiting practices used by Army and Marine recruiters strapped with untenable war-time recruiting quotas; “100 Grams & Counting; Notes From the Nuclear Underworld,” about a previously-unreported nuclear smuggling case in Russia/Georgia; and “The Axis of Hackensack,” about a covert US/North Korean backchannel. He also recently published “The Iraq Prison Diaries,” based on the covertly-kept journal of an Iraqi “High-value Detainee” under American guard.
Bronner has also worked for the past several years in feature film with British director Paul Greengrass and Universal Pictures/Working Title Films, serving as a creative associate producer on “United 93” and co-producer of “Green Zone,” starring Matt Damon and set in Iraq during the invasion.
He is currently co-authoring a book for Riverhead Books (Penguin Group) with John Farmer, Jr., on the evolution of the Obama Administration’s terrorism policies.