About me

By focusing his reporting skills on the events shaping the South, Jonathan Michels has earned distinction as an accomplished freelance
journalist and documentary filmmaker. Michels’ reporting on a pathbreaking needle exchange in Winston-Salem for City Beat garnered an award from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia.

In 2015, he wrote about the renaming of Saunders Hall at UNC-Chapel Hill for Scalawag Magazine. His exhaustive report for City Beat about the effort to expose North Carolina’s decades-long eugenics program s
brought public attention to the state’s paltry efforts to identify victims of forced sterilization.

As a documentary filmmaker, Michels has chronicled the Winston-Salem Black Panther Party and the landmark labor organizing of the Local 22 tobacco workers union during World War II.

His short documentary about the Moral Monday movement led by Rev. William Barber was screened at the RiverRun International Film Festival to wide acclaim. Michels received grant funding from the Southern Oral History Program at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2014 to transcribe and deposit his Moral Monday interviews for future scholarship.



Email: jonscottmichels@gmail.com



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