"The best part of my job is telling stories that yearn to be told."
As a reporter, Michael Chen has had the privilege of covering a wide range of those stories, from the frostbitten nights of a Wisconsin snowplow driver to the exhausting night of a firefighter during the October wildfires. His journalist dreams date back to his youth, when sitting with his family -- watching the news -- became a nightly ritual.
Another dream was sparked when Michael, working as a reporter in Green Bay, WI, was sent to cover the Super-Bowl bound Packers in San Diego. He spent an entire afternoon hanging out with a surfer wearing a giant cheesehead! After the assignment, as with most visitors, a love of San Diego was born.
In 2003, Michael traded in his Wisconsin cheesehead for sunblock, and a new adventure every work day.
"Exploring issues from different angles and through a diversity of perspectives is challenging, exciting, and so rewarding."
In his free time, Michael enjoys reading, running, hiking, horseback riding, tennis, and working as a programmer for the San Diego Asian Film Foundation.