AASHTO Journal, 24 April 2015
Matt Richtel, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The New York Times and bestselling author, will be the featured speaker to address state transportation department leaders during the May 14 safety luncheon at the AASHTO Spring Meeting in Cheyenne, Wyo.Richtel writes about technology, its impact on society and how it changes the way we work, play and relate to each other.In 2009, he wrote a series of stories about the dangers of texting and multitasking while driving, which won the Pulitzer for national reporting. It explored the science of attention and the degree to which portable devices can seize control of the attention drivers need behind the wheel.That series also helped inspire his 2014 non-fiction book “A Deadly Wandering,” which became a New York Times bestseller and was named as one of the best books of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle, the Christian Science Monitor and Amazon. The New York Times Review of Books said it should be required reading in schools.
Richtel is also the author of four mysteries, most recently including “The Doomsday Equation.”