Hi, my name is Mike De Socio.

I’m an award-winning, independent journalist based in upstate New York. I tell unique, local stories that illustrate important national issues.

My journalism has been published in The Guardian, Bloomberg, YES! Magazine, the Adirondack Explorer 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.

The Café That’s Upending Capitalism

YES! Magazine / Cafe Euphoria isn’t just another co-op. Its trans and gender-nonconforming owners are pursuing a vision of radical equality.

A Small City Comeback, Interrupted

Bloomberg CityLab / As the pandemic takes a toll on local businesses, Troy, New York, is trying to hold on to its hard-won economic gains — and plan for a more equitable future.


As a freelancer living in the Albany region, I relish the opportunity to tell stories about upstate New York.

I’m particularly interested in stories about how communities are tackling climate change and how national political discussions are playing out locally.

My journalism services include writing well-reported news stories, nuanced feature pieces and enthralling profiles.

I 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. Speaking of which—I also offer editing and fact-checking services.

Ready to work together? Get in touch

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