Hi, my name is Mike De Socio.

I’m an award-winning, independent journalist based in upstate New York. I specialize in solutions journalism, an approach that involves rigorous reporting on responses to social problems.

My journalism has been published in The Guardian, Bloomberg, YES! Magazine, Fortune and beyond. You can read some examples of my work below.

The US city that has raised $100m to climate-proof its buildings

The Guardian / Ithaca has turned to private investors to help it decarbonize thousands of residential and commercial buildings.

There Is Enough Food, Just Not Enough Food Access

YES! Magazine / Community fridge networks across the country are an important start—and symbol—in the work to make sure everyone has enough to eat.

Pitching in on rescues

Adirondack Explorer / In some countries and states, hikers contribute to search and rescue costs. Should the Adirondacks do the same?


As a freelancer, solutions journalism is one of my core services. It cuts across all of my beats—climate, cities and the LGBTQ+ community—to offer rigorous reporting on the ideas that can improve our world.

My solutions journalism services include writing quick-turnaround news articles, as well as more in-depth feature stories. I have experience digging into complicated topics and making them compelling and understandable for readers.

I also have a background in editing, too, so you’ll always receive clean copy, with suggested headlines and sub-headlines, links to source material, and suggestions for photos or graphics.

Ready to work together? Get in touch

You can reach me at mike@mikedesocio.com, or fill out the form below.