Steven Greenhouse

Spring 2017 Resident Fellow

Former labor correspondent for The New York Times

Seminar Information | "The Challenges Facing America’s Workers and Labor Unions." Learn more & RSVP

Office Hours | Wednesdays*, 2-5pm. Sign up here.
* In Week 3, Greenhouse will hold office hours on Friday, 4/14 instead of Wednesday. 

Steven Greenhouse worked as a reporter at the New York Times for 31 years, spending his last 19 years there as labor and workplace correspondent. Since leaving the Times in December 2014, he has been writing a book for Knopf about the past, present and future of American workers and labor unions. He has also been freelancing for the Times, the Guardian, the Atlantic and various other publications.

Mr. Greenhouse joined the Times in September 1983, covering the steel industry, and then spent two-and-a-half years in Chicago as Midwest economics correspondent. From 1987 through early 1992, he was based in Paris as European economics correspondent, covering, among other things, the European Union and the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe. He next served in the Washington bureau for four years, covering economic policy and then the State Department. In late 1995, he moved to New York, to begin covering labor.

As workplace correspondent, he covered labor’s role in the 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 elections. He covered Scott Walker’s push to hobble Wisconsin’s public-sector unions and exposed a huge corruption scandal at New York’s largest municipal union. He has written about innovative labor actions like the Fight for 15 and working conditions and wage violations at Walmart and other companies.  He has covered many unionization drives and strikes, including the U.P.S. strike, Chicago teachers strike and New York transit strike. He has written about the harsh conditions facing migrant farm workers across the U.S., and investigated apparel industry disasters in Bangladesh.

Mr. Greenhouse is author of “The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker” (Knopf 2008), which won the Sidney Hillman Prize for a nonfiction book that advanced social justice. He has won numerous journalism prizes. In 2015-16, he was a visiting researcher at the Russell Sage Foundation.

He has appeared on “The News Hour,” “NBC Evening News” along with many radio shows, including “Morning Edition,” “All Things Considered,” “Fresh Air,” “Diane Rehm,” and “The Brian Lehrer Show.”

A native of Massapequa, N.Y., he majored in government and letters at Wesleyan University (1973) and obtained a masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1975. He graduated from the New York University School of Law in 1982.

He and his wife, Miriam Reinharth (who works for the Community Service Society) live in New York City. They have a daughter, Emily, who works for the New Yorker Magazine, and a son, Jeremy, who works for the Chicago Cubs.