Journalist and ‘New York Times’ national correspondent Michael Wines was born on June 3, 1951 in Louisville, Kentucky. He graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1973 and received a M.S. degree at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism a year later. Wines began his career with ‘The Lexington Herald’, but from 1974-1981, he was working at ‘The Louisville Times’ where he covered such topics as local and state government, education, and politics. The 1980’s would see him writing for the ‘National Journal’ magazine and working for the ‘Los Angeles Times’ as their Washington-based correspondent, respectively. Wines landed at ‘The New York Times’ in 1988 where remains a fixture to this day. Over the course of his career there, he has covered many topics, but specializes in United States political coverage. Prior to that specialty, Wines served as the NYT’s bureau chief in China, Moscow, and Johannesburg. He and his wife Sharon LaFraniere, who also writes for ‘The New York Times’, currently reside in New York City where they are continuing their stellar careers in journalism.