Nina Munk is a prize-winning journalist based in New York City. She has been awarded three Business Journalist of the Year Awards (including the grand prize for “most outstanding winner of all categories”) and three Front Page Awards (for her profile of the economist Jeffrey Sachs, for her investigation of corruption among Wall Street analysts, and for her article about Harvard University). Her article about mismanagement at Harvard University was shortlisted for a Gerald Loeb Award and is included in The Great Hangover: 21 Tales of the New Recession from the Pages of Vanity Fair.
Munk's book Fools Rush In: Steve Case, Jerry Levin, and the Unmaking of AOL Time Warner has been described by critics as a “tour de force” and “an addictive read.” The New York Times Book Review lauded Fools Rush In for its “exemplary reporting” and its “lively, lucid writing.”
Since 2001, Munk has been a Contributing
Editor at Vanity Fair. Her articles have appeared not only in Vanity
Fair, but also in the The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine,
The New Yorker, Fortune, and Forbes. Before joining Vanity
Fair, Munk was a Senior Writer at Fortune and, before that, a Senior Editor at
Her latest book, The Art of Clairtone: The Making of a Design Icon, 1958–1971, was published in 2008.
She is currently working on a book about the crusade to end
extreme poverty in Africa: Tentatively called Bending History, it will be
published by Doubleday.
Born in Canada and raised in Switzerland, Nina Munk lives in New York City with her two children and a Brittany named Mack. She has a Bachelor’s degree in comparative literature from Smith College and a Master’s degree in French language and
literature from Middlebury College. She earned a second Master’s, with honors,
from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, where she was
awarded the Philip Greer Scholarship Award for Financial Writing, and the
New York Financial Writers’ Association C. Norman Stabler Scholarship.
As a sideline to her career as a journalist, Munk founded the website Urbanhound.com (“The Ultimate Survival Guide for City Dogs”) in 2000. The site was named “Best of the Web” by Forbes and “Best in Show” by Entertainment Weekly. The New York Times referred to it as a “pedigreed and permanent fixture within the city’s zealous dog culture.” In 2009, Urbanhound.com was sold to FetchDog, an e-commerce and catalog company based in Maine.