Michiko Kakutani became book critic in the cultural news department at The New York Times in January 1983. She had served as a reporter covering cultural news since 1979, when she joined The Times.
Ms. Kakutani came to The Times from Time magazine, where she had been a staff writer since 1977. Before that she was a reporter at The Washington Post.
Born in New Haven, Connecticut, on Jan. 9, 1955, Ms. Kakutani received a B.A. degree in English from Yale University in 1976. Ms. Kakutani is single and lives in Manhattan.