Michael has covered politics from city councils to presidential candidates, crime, courts, education, business and employment, wildlife and the environment, health and fitness, military, high school, college and pro sports, travel, weather, celebrities, and large music festivals.
His work has resulted in journalism awards and scholarships, an assistantship and a fellowship. It has been picked up by the Associated Press, CNN, MSNBC, the Huffington Post, Publishers Weekly, Fox Sports and other media. The website he launched in 2010 began without any content or hits but grew to attract tens of thousands of unique visitors a month.
His biggest proficiencies are writing, reporting and editing. But he is also experienced in photography, videography, multimedia, page design, public relations, social media, open records and meetings, content and freelance management, and more.
Before college, he had the privilege of serving as a U.S. student ambassador over three summers in Australia, England, France, Ireland, Italy, Malta and Wales. He also studied at the University of Cambridge one summer.
Michael attended Middle Tennessee State University for his undergraduate work and started with the school’s student newspaper in 2007, eventually holding the position of editor in chief. During college, he was also the rechartering president for the Society of Professional Journalists chapter; completed two internships for the Daily News Journal in Murfreesboro, Tenn.; and had several in-depth freelance articles published in between internships.
After graduating with his bachelor’s in journalism, he was selected for a prestigious six-month internship at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Upon completion, he moved to metro Atlanta to launch and direct a news website covering Cobb and Douglas counties for AOL.
Having always planned to go to graduate school, he left AOL after two years and is pursuing his master’s in environmental communications at the University of Florida. There, he also teaches two sections of JOU3109 Multimedia Writing, is a business writer for the Gainesville (Fla.) Sun, and has reported and photographed for the PBS affiliate WUFT.
Among Michael’s passions are conservation and the environment. In 2013, he served as the first-ever visiting media specialist for White Oak Conservation, a premiere facility for 20-plus rare and endangered species in northern Florida. He also volunteered for more than four years between the Chattanooga and Nashville zoos.
In his free time, Michael enjoys nature photography, reading, writing, current events, chess, billiards, guitar, recycling, maintaining a vegan diet and crossing his fingers that a literary agent will pick up his political thriller. He owes an endless amount of gratitude to his mom, Michelle; her husband, Garry; grandparents, Carol and Wayne; grandmother, Jean; MTSU journalism Professors Leon Alligood and Wendell Rawls; and many other great people.