I’ve never been able to fit into a tidy box as a journalist.

I fell in love with this craft as a photographer on my high school newspaper, and carried that through to my college major at Boston University. But along the way I found writing, coding and video, and before I knew it, I was editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper. By the time I jumped into the professional world, I really struggled to fit myself into the confines of just one newsroom role.

That’s why I became a freelance journalist: To lean into my range of skills, and provide well-written, beautifully-photographed stories that make an impact. And with all of my editing experience, I carry an unshakable respect for deadlines and social media savvy through all of my work.

I’m currently based in upstate New York, and my reporting focuses on climate change, cities, and the LGBTQ+ community. My work has been published in Slate, Bloomberg, DigBoston, The Christian Science Monitor, Apartment Therapy, HuffPost, Bicycling Magazine and beyond.

You can also find me slinging stories at the Front Parlor Series, a monthly live storytelling open mic I host in my city of Troy, New York.


Tell me a story at 732.610.8493 or mike@mikedesocio.com.

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