Mike grew up in Dallas, TX in a household with Honduran and Mexican parents. He briefly attended college in Texas where he first sought to earn a degree in criminal justice before realizing his true passion for journalism. He went on to receive a degree in Visual Journalism - the first in his family - from Western Kentucky University in May 2013.
In college he served as Chief Photo Editor of the College Heights Herald in from 2012-2013 while serving as a shooter in years prior. In 2012, Michael completed a photo editing internship at ABC News in New York and worked on contract for ZUMA PRESS. Shortly after graduating, Michael went on to work as a staff photographer for the Beaumont Enterprise in Southeast Texas and the Valley Morning Star in Harlingen, TX.
Michael moved to New York in 2013 and worked as a photo editor for ABC News and the Daily Mail Online and the NY Daily News. After 2 years he moved to Chicago where he worked in the photo department of the Chicago Tribune as a two year resident.
He currently works as the acting in-house producer, photographer/videographer, and marketing content creator for CEDARst as well as the director of photography of Northmag.co.