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Mike focuses on winning public policies to transform local news and create equitable access to information that promotes civic participation and thriving communities. He joined Free Press in 2015 to help launch the News Voices program and lead the Civic Info Bill campaign, which led to the creation of the New Jersey Civic Information Consortium, a first-of-its-kind nonprofit that invests public funding to strengthen local-news coverage. Mike now sits on the consortium’s board. He serves as an adviser to several journalism organizations and foundations throughout the country and has taught news reporting at Rutgers University. Before joining Free Press, Mike worked for the human-rights organizations Privacy International and Access and was a journalist for the Newark Star-Ledger and Gannett New Jersey Newspapers.

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