Michael has been fascinated by television news since an early age and has accumulated a vast knowledge of the industry's history, trends and challenges. Michael is especially interested in finding new and exciting ways to present the news while enhancing storytelling. Today, Michael writes a weekly column, NewscastTip, which features creative ideas for newscasts as well as tips on branding, set design, graphics and more.
Michael still remembers his first brush with set design: the day "NBC Nightly News" moved to its new set in the early 1990s. Unfortunately, his mother turned off the television just when then-anchor Tom Brokaw showed a wide shot of the studio. Despite catching only a fleeting glimpse of the set, he was fascinated with how NBC had chosen to present the news from such a visually-exciting envrionment. Michael has spent years observing television news set design, including drawing floor plans for real-life sets soley from watching the news, only to discover they were surprisingly accurate when visiting them in person. Today, Michael runs the premier source for television news set design information, NewscastStudio.