Barry Meier joined the staff of The New York Times in 1989. He has specialized in reporting on business, public policy and health and safety. His investigations have examined, among other subjects, the overzealous marketing of the painkiller OxyContin, the deaths of workers exposed to beryllium, and scientific data showing how the use of infant formula could help fight the spread of AIDS among newborns in Africa.
Mr. Meier has also reported on legal affairs as well as a variety of other topics at The Times.
Before joining The Times, he was a special projects reporter for New York Newsday. Before that, he worked for five years as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal. His articles both at The Times and elsewhere have led to Congressional hearings and changes in Federal laws. In 1990, WHYY, the public television station in Philadelphia, produced "Down by the Shore," an hourlong award-winning documentary based on his investigation into the dumping of wastes in the oceans. In September 2001, he appeared on the ABC newsmagazine "20/20" during a broadcast based on his exposé of a lawyer involved in Holocaust litigation who had deceived his clients.
His writing has appeared in a number of magazines, and he has been a contributor to several books. He has also been frequent guest on National Public Radio programs.
Born in New York on May 10, 1949, Mr. Meier attended Syracuse University. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, Ellen Joan Pollock, a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, and their daughter.