Mike was a journalist for 27 years, working at The Courier-News in Bridgewater, NJ, The Star-Ledger in Newark, NJ and The Daily (the first national digital news magazine on the iPad) in New York City.
In pursuit of an editorial cartoonist gig, Mike was hired by The Courier-News as its first newsroom graphic artist when the infographic age kicked off in the 1980s. He helped expand the graphics department into a four-person operation and bargained his way into drawing five editorial cartoons a week.
In 1996, Mike joined The Star-Ledger sports department as a visual journalist — one of a handful of graphic artists specializing in sports coverage in the country. Mike also drew a weekly editorial cartoon for the Ledger’s Saturday editorial page.
As the digital revolution was literally eating the print world alive, Mike happily took a buyout offered from the Ledger and embarked on a freelance career as a infographic artist and illustrator in 2009. Not-so-happily was the timing of this new beginning … the start of the Great Recession. In 2010, Mike accepted an offer as a visual designer at News Corp working for
Gollum’s Rupert Murdock’s digital baby, The Daily.
After The Daily crashed upon the digital rocks in 2012, Mike joined Advance Digital (now known as Advance Local) in Jersey City, working in something called “print innovation” and managing “efficiencies,” … which is really a cartoonist’s dream when you get down to it.
Mike is happily married to Sue, raising their beagle/lab mix, Sammy, in their home in East Brunswick.