Mike was a journalist for almost a half-century covering a wide variety of stories ranging from hurricanes to the Rwandan civil war; from Operation Desert Storm to living undercover with White Power extremist groups. He won several awards during his career for investigative reporting, deadline news reporting, feature writing, column writing, and one for editorial cartooning.
Before that, Mike was a soldier who served two tours in Vietnam: First as a rifleman with the 9th (US) Infantry Division in the Mekong Delta and later as a light weapons infantry advisor with the 25th (ARVN) Infantry Division, also in the Mekong Delta. Military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star (two), Purple Heart, and Combat Infantryman’s Badge. He was also decorated twice by the Vietnamese government.
Mike currently lives and works in Spain.