Writer / Photographer
Contribute long-form feature articles with accompanying photography, editorials and opinion pieces on subjects ranging from legal and business issues, to ecology and animal behavior, to music and human interest. Publications include The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Billboard Magazine, The Seattle Times, The Santa Barbara Independent, All About Beer Magazine, Northwest Magazine and The Peninsula Daily News.
Communications Specialist — "Pike For Bellingham"
Consultant and media strategist to Bellingham Mayor Dan Pike's communications team the last two months of the 2011 election. Edited television ads, designed graphics, contributed to website design, created content, edited photography, consulted on SEO and ad-word strategies, and spoke publicly at mayoral forums and on TV spots.
Now Showing / Made You Laugh
Contributing Writer / Consultant
Wrote and edited chapters, edited narration and performed script supervision for the Andrews McMeel Multimedia books with DVD: Now Showing, Unforgettable Movie Moments — a New York Times Best Seller hosted by Dustin Hoffman — and Made You Laugh, A History of Comedy — hosted by Carl and Rob Reiner. Negotiated film and television clips, talent and music licensing.
Manager Rights & Clearances / Production Consultant
Production Consultant on the Flix Mix / Showtime documentary "Masters Of Horror," featuring Wes Craven, John Carpenter and Guillermo del Toro. Oversaw licensing and clearances for the Flix Mix division at Universal Pictures.
Arrest & Trial
Universal Television - Wolf Films
Manager Rights & Clearances
Oversaw acquisitions and clearances on the Studios USA /Dick Wolf reality program hosted by Brian Dennehy. Brought in my department $300,000 under budget.
Roswell: Cover Ups And Close Encounters
Sci Fi Channel
Contributing Writer / Footage Acquisitions
The Gorge Games
Outdoor Life Network
Field Producer / Cameraman
Produced and field directed on three one-hour extreme sports specials for OLN.
Save our Streets
Field Director (2 Segments)
Associate Producer on the news parody comedy specials hosted by Tim Conway.
Why Planes Go Down
Field Producer: Documentary on Airplane Safety hosted by Gillian Anderson.
He Says / She Says
Producer: Six Episodes of the "Battle Of The Sexes" comedy talk show.
Buena Vista Television
Segment and field producer for syndicated weekly newsmagazine aired on NBC O&Os.
Associate Producer on an investigation into “Interrogation Tactics.”
Caught In The Act
dick clark productions
KCET - TV Ch. 28, Los Angeles — PBS
Senior Researcher / Field Producer
National Public Radio / AP Radio / Marketplace
Freelance Producer / Reporter to NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition, PRI's Marketplace, and the Associated Press Radio Network.
Greater Los Angeles Press Club Journalism Award of Excellence
Honored in 1990 — Best Entertainment Reporting on Los Angeles Radio
Member — Society of Environmental Journalists — since 2006
Fellowship — Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources — 2011
“Dedication, commitment, patience, resilience and natural talent are just a few of the adjectives that come to mind when I think of how to describe Stephan Michaels. He has the nose for a worth story and a gift at telling one. He also has an eye for composing a great photograph and possesses the personal character to communicate in a meaningful way.”
— Roger Smith, National Editor - Los Angeles Times
"In the time I've known Stephan Michaels, he has continued to impress me with his instincts for the kinds of stories that make compelling television. The pieces he investigated and produced for "The Crusaders," for example, were well told and often moving. I also admire Stephan's creativity and original ideas. He has the talent and tenacity to turn these ideas into successful shows."
— Josh Howard, Senior Producer - 60 Minutes
“Stephan Michaels joined the "Pike For Bellingham" communications team in the last two months of my 2011 re-election campaign. He hit the ground running, designing graphics for fliers, editing TV commercials, re-designing the campaign website and creating content. He was also a big asset in the area of SEO and ad-word strategies. Stephan delivered all of these elements on a very tight deadline with great energy and expertise.”
— Daniel Pike, Mayor of Bellingham, WA
."A special thank-you to Stephan Michaels for his creativity, boundless energy, and meticulous attention to detail. This book is better for it.”
— Joe Garner, author of the New York Times Best-seller "Now Showing"
“Stephan Michaels has been a regular contributor to the Peninsula Daily News on Washington state's North Olympic Peninsula (across the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Victoria, B.C.)
His feature articles have been written at a high standard and been accompanied by his own professional-caliber photography. From covering the plight and unfortunate fate of Vancouver Island's Luna the Killer Whale, to an article on sustainable farming practices, to writing about tennis, Michaels' writing and reporting has been top-notch. He is a perfectionist.”
— John Brewer, Publisher and Editor - Peninsula Daily News
— William Link, Creator and Executive Producer - Columbo