From 1993-2002, Michael was Paris bureau chief for Science, for which he now works as Contributing Correspondent focusing on archaeology and human evolution. He is the author of The Goddess and the Bull, about the excavations at Neolithic Catalhoyuk in Turkey and the origins of civilization.

Balter also contributes to National Geographic, the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. He divides his time between Paris and New York City, where he teaches science, health and environmental journalism at New York University. Balter previously taught science and medical journalism at Boston University.

He is currently working on a book about mental illness.