Michael Blastland is a versatile journalist who is particularly well known for his ability to bring mathematics and economics alive for the layman.
Michael has written for national media including the Times, Guardian, Financial Times, Sunday Telegraph, Independent, and Evening Standard; for current affairs or specialist press and magazines such as Prospect, New Statesman, Times Educational and Times Higher Educational supplements, and Significance; and Online for the BBC, Guardian Online, Open Democracy, and Sense About Science.
He contributes frequently to national broadcasting and is an award-winning scriptwriter. He devised Radio 4's hugely popular More Or Less show, and presents the flagship current affairs programme Analysis programme as well as other occasional R4 series including the recent three-part ‘Story of Economics.’ He has appeared numerous times on the Today programme, You and Yours, World Tonight, Asian Network, Breakfast TV, etc.
Michael also lectures and teaches journalists at the BBC, and he has advised groups ranging from the Scottish Government to the Audit Commission, the departments of Health and Business, The Office for National Statistics, and dozens of others.
His first book Joe: The Only Boy in the World, was a memoir and philosophical investigation of his son’s autism. Then came The Tiger That Isn't: Seeing Through a World of Numbers, a book about numbers and how to interpret them, which he co-authored with Andrew Dilnot. Michael's work in progress is a book about Risk in everyday life, which is co-authoring with Professor David Spiegelhalter.