Michael Butler became a reporter for Technical.ly Philly in June 2020 through the Report for America fellowship program. He moved in Philadelphia in 2010 to participate in the AmeriCorps program CityYear and later interned at Philadelphia Weekly. The bilingual Temple grad grew up in Augusta, Georgia, as part of a military family and moved several times over the course of his life. As a freelance journalist, he has reported on under-resourced communities for WHYY and on culture and the arts for Okayplayer and Remezcla. In 2019, he was one of the recipients of the Lenfest Institute for Journalism’s inaugural Next Generation Award grant as well as selected by the Maynard Institute for Journalism to be a Maynard 200 fellow.