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Michael D. Bolden

Editorial Director

Michael Bolden joined Knight Foundation in June 2013. He is editor-in-chief for the foundation, supervising editorial strategy and content for internal and external distribution

Prior to joining Knight, Bolden was transportation and development editor at The Washington Post. He was one of the first supervisory editors in the Post’s digitally converged newsroom. He has managed stories with broad scope, including the growth of errors and fatigue among the nation’s air traffic controllers, which led to systemic changes by the Federal Aviation Administration, and the growing authority of the Transportation Security Administration.

During his tenure at The Washington Post, Bolden also edited for the Post’s Style section and The Washington Post Magazine, where he helped edit two Pulitzer Prize-winning features.

Before The Washington Post, Bolden was an editor at the Miami Herald. He has also reported and edited for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans and the Northwest Florida Daily News in Fort Walton Beach. 

In 2011 Bolden  studied entrepreneurial leadership and management  at Harvard University as a Maynard Media Academy Fellow. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alabama, where he studied literature and journalism. 

In 2012 Bolden walked the Camino Frances route of the Camino de Santiago, from the foothills of the Pyrenees in southwestern France to Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain, covering 500 miles in 31 days. 

Bolden is a founding member of the Miami Book Fair Literati Society, and a longtime member of the National Association of Black Journalists, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, the National Press Club, the Society of Professional Journalists, and Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society.

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