Michael Crick began his journalistic career in 1980 as an ITN trainee.
In 1982 he was a founder member of Channel 4 News and in 1988 became the programme's correspondent in Washington.
He moved to the BBC in 1990, first on Panorama and since 1992 working for Newsnight, where he specialises in politics.
He has won two RTS awards, one for his coverage of the 1988 US election, and another in 2002 for a Panorama special programme on the life of Jeffrey Archer.
Crick is also a best-selling author. His books include Militant (1984), Scargill and the Miners (1985), Manchester United: The Betrayal of a Legend (1989), The Complete Manchester United Trivia Fact Book (1996) and Michael Heseltine (1997).
His best known work is Stranger Than Fiction (1995), an independent biography of Jeffrey Archer which is now in its fourth edition.
In 2002 he published The Boss, a biography of Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, and in 2005 he brought out In search of Michael Howard.
Michael Crick attends most Manchester United matches and, until the takeover by Malcolm Glazer in 2005, he was an active member of the club's independent shareholders' organisation Shareholders United.
Born in 1958, Crick was educated at Manchester Grammar School and New College, Oxford, where he read Philosophy, Politics and Economics, founded the Oxford Handbook, edited Cherwell, and was President of the Oxford Union.
He has one daughter, Catherine.