Michael McGough’s bio

Michael McGough
Senior editorial writer

Michael McGough is senior editorial writer for The Times, writing about law, national security, politics and religion.

Prior to joining The Times, McGough worked more than two decades for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, covering the Supreme Court and writing a weekly op-ed column (2003-06), editing the editorial and opinion pages (1985-2003), and working as associate editor, editorial writer, reporter and copy boy. He was part of a team of Post-Gazette writers that received first place in the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Schnader Media Awards for a series on a state Supreme Court justice who was subsequently impeached and removed from office.

He has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the New Republic, Commonweal and others. An honors graduate of Allegheny College, he also studied English literature, philosophy and religion at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England, and holds a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale, which he attended as a Ford Foundation fellow.