Steven Malanga is City Journal’s senior editor and a Manhattan Institute senior fellow. He writes about the intersection of urban economies, business communities, and public policy. Malanga is the author of The New New Left: How American Politics Works Today (2005); The Immigration Solution: A Better Plan than Today’s (2007), coauthored with Heather Mac Donald and Victor Davis Hanson; and Shakedown: The Continuing Conspiracy Against the American Taxpayer (2010). He was cited as one of Governor Chris Christie’s intellectual influences (Bloomberg Businessweek, August 2010). In 2013, former Florida governor Jeb Bush called Malanga “the best thinker on state and local fiscal matters” in a tweet; in a 2014 Manhattan Institute speech, he said that Malanga’s warnings on states’ coming debt and pension crises had influenced fiscal reforms undertaken in Florida.
Before joining City Journal, Malanga was executive editor of Crain’s New York Business, serving on the publication’s editorial board and writing a weekly column. Prior to that, he was managing editor of Crain’s. During his tenure at the publication, it twice won the General Excellence Award from the Association of Area Business Publications. In 1995, Malanga was a finalist for a Gerald Loeb Award for Excellence in Financial Journalism for the series “Nonprofits: New York’s New Tammany Hall,” which he coauthored. In 1998, a series he coauthored, “Tort-ured State,” about the influence of trial lawyers in New York State, was voted best investigative story of the year by the Alliance of Area Business Publishers.
Malanga has written for the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, New York Daily News, and New York Post. During 2007–13, he was a regular columnist for RealClearMarkets. He holds a B.A. in English literature and language from St. Vincent’s College, as well as an M.A., in the same subject, from the University of Maryland.