Michael is director of the Information and Media Practice at IREX. He has more than 20 years of experience in international development. Michael manages a portfolio of programs in Africa, the Middle East and North Africa, Asia, Europe and Eurasia, and Central America.
Prior to joining IREX as chief of party of a USAID-funded media program, Michael ran a number of media projects at private consulting corporations in Washington, DC.
Michael started his career as a journalist at the BBC and Radio Free Europe. He is the recipient of the Golden Microphone Award for a program produced on the BBC about war reporting. He currently serves as a steering committee member of the Global Fund for Media Development.
Michael holds a master's degree from Georgetown University and an undergraduate degree from MSU's journalism program. He teaches a course on digital disruption and journalism safety at the University of Maryland’s Merrill College of Journalism.