Michael is a reporter for E&E News. He previously worked in the Washington bureau of McClatchy Newspapers from 1988 – 2017, most recently as the legal affairs correspondent, covering the Supreme Court and other federal courts as well as California politics.
In 2017, Syracuse University Press published his non-fiction book, "The Ministers' War: John W. Mears, the Oneida Community and the Crusade for Public Morality." In 2012, Syracuse published his non-fiction book, "Radical Chapters: Pacifist Bookseller Roy Kepler and the Paperback Revolution." In 2004, Syracuse also published his non-fiction book, "The Forestport Breaks: A 19th Century Conspiracy Along the Black River Canal." As a freelance writer, he has contributed to Slate, Washington Monthly, the Yale Law Report, California Journal and other periodicals. He has appeared on BBC, CNN, C-SPAN, Fox News, and other radio and television networks.
Michael graduated from Oberlin College. He was a Knight Journalism Fellow at Yale Law School, where he earned a Master of Studies in Law, and he also earned a Master In Government from The Johns Hopkins University, He served as a volunteer firefighter/EMT in Arlington County between 2002 and 2016.