Michael is an expert
on many topics because of his keen intellect, photographic
memory and varied background (author, liberal consultant and
speech writer, conservative talk show host, movie critic,
columnist and more).
Philadelphia, educated in public schools in San Diego and
Los Angeles, Michael attended Yale as a National Merit
Scholar, graduating with honors as an American History
major. He then attended Yale Law School (where his
classmates included Bill and Hillary Clinton) before going
to work as a political speechwriter and consultant for a
variety of liberal candidates and office-holders.
first book “WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO THE CLASS OF ’65?”
provided one of the first skeptical reconsiderations of the
1960’s counterculture, and became the basis for a weekly TV
series on NBC. That program led to Michael’s work as a
Hollywood screenwriter and movie critic, first on CNN, then
for twelve years as co-host of “Sneak Previews” on PBS-TV.
He also served as chief film critic for the New York Post
before launching his radio show in 1996.
recent books include “HOLLYWOOD VS. AMERICA,” a searing
indictment of the entertainment industry and, with his wife,
clinical psychologist Dr. Diane Medved, “SAVING CHILDHOOD:
PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN FROM THE NATIONAL ASSAULT ON
INNOCENCE.” His tenth book, “RIGHT TURNS,” drew national
attention in 2005, recounting Michael’s dramatic transition
from “punk liberal activist” to “lovable conservative
curmudgeon.” His columns on media and society appear
regularly in USA TODAY where he is a member of the Board of
in the Jewish community, Michael has served as president of
an Orthodox congregation, and co-founder of a Jewish Day
School. Since 1996, the Medveds have lived in the Seattle
area with their three children.