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The Blue Wall


"Mike Milano is a talented reporter who has forged extraordinary access to all of the actors in a tragedy that sheds an uncomforting light on his city and our country. As a reader of his work I am filled with admiration; as a writer, with envy." – Adam Hochschild, author of King Leopold’s Ghost


The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Graduate Student Award Winner - accompanied by a written piece in Esquire, click here. 

Associate Producer: Sara Lafleur-Vetter @lafleurius

Hours before sunrise in the warmth of the Australian night, I stepped off a splintered dock and onto a 20 foot powerboat with determined activists battling the state of Western Australia's recently implemented policy of hunting large sharks to make the beaches safer for bathers. Before introductions were made, the bow and stern lines were cast off. Continue reading ... 


Jon Stewart screened his film, Rosewater, at Berkeley. I interviewed him. Co-Producer: Mark Kurlyandchik @mkurlyandchik


At the end of the day, Charles Bradley hugged me and said, "I feel your love brother, I really do."

Charles Bradley, Screamin' Eagle of Soul: Read the print piece here.

A fan beat shadows in a balmy dressing room above the carousel at the Santa Monica Pier. As the sun set, Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires were moments away from taking the stage at the Twilight Concert Series, the closing act of the L.A. summer. Continue reading ...


Artwork by Thomas Pomarico

Artwork by Thomas Pomarico


In Milano's first book, he takes us inside the locker room of Michigan football in legendary coach Lloyd Carr's final year, and then, in Rich Rodriguez's disastrous first season. The book tells of what happened when the Michigan Athletic Department, the student newspaper, the police, the county prosecutors and ESPN clash and combine to fabricate a national headline story from an incident a judge described as, "Just one kid putting another kid on his ass." Most important, this is an uplifting story about a young man shouldering the weight of a university's shortcomings, walking through a fire, and coming out with a clear understanding of what it means to be a Michigan Man. In the brutally honest and gripping Michigan Men?, Milano writes with startling clarity about the priorities of big-time athletics and the effect it had on his life. Purchase Here. 


Mike Milano and @NiemaJordan address the graduating class at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism's 2015 commencement ceremony. 

My Time With The Mormons in Berkeley, CAa long form print piece.

Terry is in his early thirties. He is of Asian descent and lives at home with his parents and three siblings in Berkeley. Terry had a problem with cigarettes. He had problems with drinking too. He was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints in 2007. But his demons would persevere.

Then in early January of 2014 Terry met with Elder Hoole and Elder Peterson, missionaries of the Mormon Church. Terry sat on a stool, desperate to change his life. The Elders calmly placed their hands on Terry’s head. Continue reading ...