Malcolm Gladwell is a prolific author, journalist and speaker. He was born in England, grew up in rural Ontario, and now lives in New York. He graduated with a degree in History from the University of Toronto, Trinity College, Toronto. His mother, Joyce Gladwell, is a Jamaican-born psychotherapist, and his father, Graham Gladwell, was a mathematics and engineering professor at the University of Waterloo originally from Kent, England. Gladwell has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1996. Prior to joining The New Yorker, he was a reporter at the Washington Post.
Gladwell is the author of several culture shifting books, including The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference (2002); Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (2007); What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures (2010); Outliers: The Story of Success (2011), and David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants (2015).
In 2001, Gladwell was awarded the National Magazine Award for profiles, for his New Yorker piece The Pitchman, about Ron Popeil. He has been named one of the 100 most influential people by Time magazine, and one of the Foreign Policy’s Top Global Thinkers. In 2007, he received the American Sociological Association’s first Award for Excellence in the Reporting of Social Issues. He has received Honorary degrees from University of Waterloo (2007), and University of Toronto (2011). Gladwell was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2011.Read Full Bio