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Michael is a Maine-raised photojournalist who has been on staff at the Morning Sentinel since August 2010. He is a 2002 graduate of Sterling College in Vermont where he studied experiential education with at-risk youth populations. Prior to becoming a photojournalist he traveled the United States, Canada and Nepal as a climber, exploring some of the world’s largest and most impressive mountain ranges. Living in a van and climbing 300 days a year led him to the Forest Service as an initial attack wildland firefighter in Colorado. Michael next landed at Metropolitan State University in Denver in 2005 where he continued his education in photojournalism. From there he interned at the Fort Collins Coloraodoan, The Advocate in Baton Rouge and the Jackson Hole News and Guide. His first staff photojournalism job was with the Fort Collins Coloradoan in 2007. In 2010 Michael, a 1994 graduate of Edward Little High School, returned to Maine and a job with the Morning Sentinel. During the last 10 years, he's has received multiple grants from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to report on topics ranging from the Ebola epidemic, women and children’s healthcare and diamond mining in Sierra Leone to energy and climate in Labrador. He has won multiple national awards, including in the Best of Photojournalism competition as well as the National Press Photographers Association (small market) photographer of the year in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

  • Published
    August 13, 2011

    SNAPSHOT: Standing room only

  • Published
    August 9, 2011

    STILL LIFE: Slip-sliding away

    Sydney McKinnis, 8, of Waterville, slides down the big slide at the North Street Pool in Waterville Monday. Even though the day began with rain, the pool was running at full capacity by 4:30 in the afternoon.

  • Published
    August 9, 2011

    STILL LIFE: Billions of berries

    Horace Libby, right, picks through a pile of the nearly 400 pounds of blueberries being cleaned for the 40th annual Blueberry Festival at the Winslow Congregational Church on Monday. The festival will begin Saturday, Aug. 13.

  • Published
    August 7, 2011

    STILL LIFE: Bogged down

    Sandy Gagnon reacts after stalling her ATV during the Bog Water Carry All-Terrain Vehicle contest during Mercer Old Home Days activities on Saturday.

  • Published
    August 2, 2011

    STILL LIFE: The rock walkers

    Daniel Turner, 12, of Skowhegan, leaps to a dry rock as he and friend Jonah Wakefield, 11, also of Skowhegan, negotiate their way back to the beach on the west shore of Lake George in Skowhegan on Monday afternoon.

  • Published
    July 9, 2011

    STILL LIFE: No one hurt in car fire — and valuable property recovered

    Kade Smith, 14, background, celebrates on Friday afternoon as his friend Philip Owen, 14, holds up a hackysack ball he salvaged from his mother’s car, which caught fire on Interstate 95 in Burnham, according to Clinton Police Chief Craig Johnson.

  • Published
    July 3, 2011

    STILL LIFE: Winslow rocks

    Jared Smith, guitarist for The Resistance, performs with his group at the Battle of the Bands at Fort Halifax Park in Winslow Saturday. Fourth of July festivities continue at the park through Monday.

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    July 2, 2011

    STILL LIFE: Summertime blue

    Children jump into the deep end of the Alfond Municipal Pool in Waterville to cool off from Friday’s warm summer temperatures.

  • Published
    April 7, 2011

    STILL LIFE: A skater reflects

    Dillan Labrie attempts an ollie kick flip as he skates past a puddle in the sunshine at the skate park near Sherwin Street in Waterville on Wednesday afternoon.