Michael Oneal is an enterprise reporter for the Chicago Tribune focusing on economics and globalization. He has closely examined the causes of the so-called jobless recovery, paying special attention to the productivity revolution and the booming trend in outsourcing.
His projects have included a multi-part, front-page series examining how Boeing Co. pulled itself back from the brink against Airbus. A 2004 series describing how one American company’s fateful outsourcing decisions changed lives forever in India and Indiana was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and received honorable mentions from the Overseas Press Club and the Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Awards. It also won a Chicago Headline Club 2004 Peter Lisagor Award. Another series on the takeover of Chicago’s Sears Roebuck won the Society of American Business Writers and Editors 2004 award for breaking news.
Prior to joining the Tribune, Oneal co-founded and edited a financial Web site called SmartMoney.com, which won several awards including the 2001 National Magazine Award for new media design. Oneal spent nine years prior to that writing and editing for BusinessWeek magazine in New York and Chicago, focusing on personal profiles, corporate strategies, the airline business and the media and entertainment industries. He began his career with American City Business Journals as part of a start-up team that launched weekly papers in San Jose, Sacramento and Milwaukee.
He was a 2001-2002 Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan and earned his B.A. from Stanford University. He grew up in Ann Arbor, Mich.