Malcolm Gladwell is a journalist, celebrity speaker, and bestselling author. Since 1996, Gladwell has worked as a staff writer for the New Yorker. He has also written five New York Times bestselling books, including David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants; and Outliers: The Story of Success.
After graduating from the University of Toronto in 1984, Gladwell accepted a journalism position at The American Spectator, a conservative U.S. monthly magazine that covers news and politics. Gladwell later left the American Spectator and after a short stint with Insight on the News, Gladwell was hired by the Washington Post to cover business and science. Gladwell worked at the Post until 1996, when he accepted a job at The New Yorker. Gladwell’s articles for The New Yorker gained major recognition, especially for his pieces “The Tipping Point” and “The Coolhunt.” In 2000, Gladwell released his first book, The Tipping Point, for which he received a $1 million advance. The book, which sought to explain and describe the mysterious sociological changes that mark everyday life, made the New York Times Bestseller list. In addition, the book was named as one of the best books of the decade by Amazon.com customers, The A.V. Club, The Guardian, and The Times. In 2005, Gladwell released Blink, which explains research from psychology and behavioral economics on the adaptive unconscious to a lay audience. Like The Tipping Point, Blink was also a New York Times bestselling book, and Time magazine named Gladwell one of its 100 most influential people at the end of 2005. Gladwell has written three other New York Times bestselling books since Blink: Outliers, What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures; and David and Goliath.
Gladwell has won a number of awards for his work, including an American Sociological Association Award for Excellence in the Reporting of Social Issues. He has also earned two honorary degrees, one from the University of Waterloo, and the other from the University of Toronto. In 2011, Gladwell was appointed to the Order of Canada for his outstanding achievements, dedication to his community, and service to the nation.