Michael J Smith graduated from Penn State in 2001, with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism. After graduating, he moved to the DC area because it offered better job prospects thanks to two large media markets — DC and Baltimore.
Throughout his career, Michael has worked for several prestigious media organizations — including the Washington Post, Kiplinger’s, and an affiliate of U.S. News & World Report — in a hybrid role that fell somewhere between writer/editor and web producer/web designer.
Given his technical expertise and writing prowess, Michael decided to move into technical writing nearly six years ago. He spent four years working for government contractor, Computer Sciences Corporation. He currently works as a procedural technical writer with Amazon.com.
Michael also graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northern Virginia Community College, with an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Information Systems Technology and certificates in Web Design and Development and Network Administration. His GPA was a perfect 4.0.
In his spare time, Michael runs a NASCAR news website called Lead-Lap.com. Through the site, he became an accredited NASCAR Media member and has appeared on ESPN Radio as a guest several times.
He also served as a web consultant with the American Society of News Editors, maintaining the website for their Sunshine Week Initiative and performing IT work for the association.