Photo by Tyiesha Ford

Hi, I’m Mike De Socio. I’m an award-winning, independent journalist telling stories about cities, climate change and the LGBTQ+ community.

My path in journalism has taken me through almost every part of the newsroom. I’ve worked as a photographer at the Asbury Park Press. I’ve crafted code and multimedia at NPR’s On Point. And I’ve worked as an editor and enterprise reporter at the Albany Business Review.

Now as an independent journalist, I lean into my range of skills to provide well-written, beautifully-photographed stories that make an impact. Plus, the editor in me carries an unshakable respect for deadlines and social media savvy in all of my work.

Throughout my career, in-depth narrative and compelling news features have defined my journalism. In 2017, I spent six months reporting a photo essay on LGBTQ+ youth homelessness in Boston. During the Covid-19 pandemic, I wrote about a small city comeback, interrupted. And currently, I’m writing a narrative nonfiction book about the fight for LGBTQ+ inclusion in the Boy Scouts of America.

My work has been published in Bloomberg, The Guardian, Fortune, The Christian Science Monitor, Apartment Therapy, HuffPost, DigBoston, Bicycling Magazine and beyond. I’ve received awards from the Boston Press Photographers Association, the Society of Professional Journalists and Boston University, and was a Fall 2021 Logan Nonfiction Program fellow.

I live in upstate New York, where I spend most of my free time hiking around the Adirondacks, or figuring out how to get places almost exclusively by bike.