Michael Butler, Author at Technical.ly Philly

Michael Butler

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Michael Butler is a reporter for Technical.ly Philly and a Report For America corps member for 2020-2021. He graduated from Temple University in 2016. He grew up in Augusta, Georgia, as part of a military family and moved around several times over the course of his life. As a freelance journalist, he has contributed to platforms like National Public Radio affiliate WHYY and reported on culture and the arts for publications like Okayplayer and Remezcla. In 2019, he was one of the recipients of the Lenfest Institute for Journalism’s inaugural Next Generation Award grant. Later that year, he was selected by the Maynard Institute for Journalism to be a Maynard 200 fellow. Report for America is an initiative of The Groundtruth Project that pairs young journalists with local newsrooms. This position is supported by the Lenfest Institute for Journalism.

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Why KOP fintech company PowerPay has seen 600% growth during the pandemic growth

Dec. 1, 2020 11:40 am

Why KOP fintech company PowerPay has seen 600% growth during the pandemic

PowerPay is helping people finance their home improvement needs: "We feel like we’re helping people during the pandemic to get things they need and want," said cofounder David Haas.
Meet WEDnetPA, the state program helping companies train the workforce to meet their specific needs access

Nov. 30, 2020 12:51 pm

Meet WEDnetPA, the state program helping companies train the workforce to meet their specific needs

One of the biggest changes in WEDnetPA training during the pandemic has been the virtual formatting of training programs, which have seen an uptick in requests.
How Ariell Johnson’s Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse keeps flying and fighting through the pandemic access

Nov. 25, 2020 12:36 pm

How Ariell Johnson’s Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse keeps flying and fighting through the pandemic

The entrepreneur's superhero tenacity for research and collaboration have helped her retail and community space earn its five-year run, with some help from COVID-prompted pivots and local resources.
Down one spot in 2020, Philadelphia is now the 3rd most diverse US city for STEM access

Nov. 23, 2020 1:19 pm

Down one spot in 2020, Philadelphia is now the 3rd most diverse US city for STEM

The city again ranked in the top five on SmartAsset's annual survey of most diverse in terms of STEM workers across the U.S.
Cleaning up: Team Clean’s Donna Allie on what Black-owned businesses need to scale in Philadelphia access

Nov. 20, 2020 11:50 am

Cleaning up: Team Clean’s Donna Allie on what Black-owned businesses need to scale in Philadelphia

The entrepreneur has been in the sanitization business for more than 40 years and is still reaching for bigger goals amid COVID-19 boosts and cross-industry collaboration. Here's how she's making the best of challenging circumstances, and her own challenge for local institutions.
‘Top transitions’ could aid workers who lost their jobs amid COVID-19, says this Philly Fed report access

Nov. 19, 2020 1:50 pm

‘Top transitions’ could aid workers who lost their jobs amid COVID-19, says this Philly Fed report

Half of the job types most affected by COVID-19 that don’t require a bachelor’s degree can more easily transition into higher-paying ones requiring similar skills, per Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia's research.
Think and Grow Farms is using tech-enabled sustainability practices to fight food scarcity access

Nov. 17, 2020 12:43 pm

Think and Grow Farms is using tech-enabled sustainability practices to fight food scarcity

Cultural economist Dr. Jamie Bracey-Green on how her new venture is helping West Philadelphians go from consumers to producers for a more equitable local economy.
West Philadelphia businesses are still working to rebuild after a harrowing year. Let’s remember how we got here civic

Nov. 13, 2020 11:57 am

West Philadelphia businesses are still working to rebuild after a harrowing year. Let’s remember how we got here

Reporter Michael Butler recounts the neighborhood's challenges of the past few months, including protests, vandalism and COVID-19, and checks in with local business leaders on its continuing recovery.
Making the right moves: Queen & Rook Board Game Cafe plays on through the pandemic access

Nov. 12, 2020 12:57 pm

Making the right moves: Queen & Rook Board Game Cafe plays on through the pandemic

What started as a novel idea on a trip to Canada has become a locally minded business that serves people of all ages during a tumultuous year. Here's how owners Edward Garcia and Jeannie Wong are keeping the Queen Village shop alive.
Still waiting for your stimulus payment? You have until Nov. 21 to claim it access

Nov. 11, 2020 11:46 am

Still waiting for your stimulus payment? You have until Nov. 21 to claim it

The IRS Non-Filer Tool can help U.S. citizens who have not yet received their stimulus checks from the federal government.

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