Michael Mechanic

Michael landed at Mother Jones after six years as an award-winning feature editor at the alt-weekly East Bay Express. He's written for numerous publications, including The Industry Standard, the Los Angeles Times, and Wired. Father of two mostly charming kids and a striped cat named Phelps (okay, not the father), he lives in Oakland, Calif., where he raises four chickens, plays his guitar, and is lately attempting to teach himself fiddle and mandolin.