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Michael Hiltzik

Columnist The Economy Hub

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael Hiltzik writes the daily blog “The Economy Hub.” His business column appears every Sunday and Wednesday. As a member of the Los Angeles Times staff, he has been a financial and technology writer and a foreign correspondent. He is the author of five books, including “Dealers of Lightning: Xerox PARC and the Dawn of the Computer Age” and “The New Deal: A Modern History.” Hiltzik and colleague Chuck Philips shared the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for articles exposing corruption in the entertainment industry.

Recent Articles

  • Stephen Glass is still retracting his fabricated stories — 18 years later

    Stephen Glass is still retracting his fabricated stories — 18 years later

    Stephen Glass, who as a staff writer at the New Republic in the 1990s perpetrated what may be the most spectacular, sustained campaign of fabrication known to American journalism, is still retracting his work. Glass' latest confession concerns "Prophets and Losses," which appeared in the February...

  • The myth of 'consumer-driven healthcare' comes to life again

    The myth of 'consumer-driven healthcare' comes to life again

    Among the holy grails of would-be healthcare reformers, the holiest and grailiest quest is for the "empowered consumer."  This creature, armed with discernment about his or her medical needs and free choice of doctors and hospitals, will bring us to the paradise of low-cost medical care and uncompromisingly...

  • Is Yahoo dead? Or: How do you solve a problem like Marissa?

    Is Yahoo dead? Or: How do you solve a problem like Marissa?

    One of the saddest metrics demonstrating Yahoo's basic irrelevance to digital life today is that only a tiny proportion of any of the rescue proposals swirling around the venerable (in Internet terms) company is devoted to fixing its core business. Precious little is devoted even to defining its...

  • Aiming to bring smart guns to U.S. market

    Aiming to bring smart guns to U.S. market

    Tim Oh, 19, is an Anaheim-born and -raised engineering student with a promising idea: It's a sturdy metal gun safe keyed to the owner's fingerprint, so it can't be opened by strangers or children. He also has a $10,000 grant from the San Francisco-based Smart Tech Challenges Foundation. Jonathan...

  • No, Marco Rubio didn't score a blow against Obamacare -- he merely hurt patients

    No, Marco Rubio didn't score a blow against Obamacare -- he merely hurt patients

    Sen. Marco Rubio's presidential campaign has been crowing lately about the blow he supposedly scored against the Affordable Care Act. "Only one candidate has actually done significant damage to Obamacare," boasts his campaign website. The candidate himself claims to have "saved the American taxpayer...

  • Do we need Obamacare's 'Cadillac tax'? Yes--and no.

    Do we need Obamacare's 'Cadillac tax'? Yes--and no.

    Despite the success of the Affordable Care Act's supporters in fending off a raft of challenges to the law in Congress and the courts, at least one ACA provision seems headed for the scrap heap. That's the "Cadillac tax," a stiff tax that will hit especially generous employer health plans starting...

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