A national award-winning journalist, strategist and social entrepreneur.

About Michael

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Michael Golden’s dynamic storytelling style is the engine that has powered his 25-year career spanning television news, business, non-profit, higher education and politics. His broad range of professional experience is the basis for the agency he founded, Golden Mean Strategies.

Michael is the author of Unlock Congress and he serves as a Senior Fellow at the Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy. His commentary has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Daily News, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Bloomberg News, Roll Call, FOX News, PBS, NPR and SiriusXM.   

A Chicago native, Michael started his career working as a news reporter for NBC and CBS-TV affiliates in Illinois, Iowa, and California. His special project coverage on politics, health care, and criminal justice earned him honors from the AP, the Edward R. Murrow Awards, the National Headliner Awards and the Society of Professional Journalists.


In 2000, Michael moved into the world of politics and worked as a campaign manager and strategist on races for the White House, U.S. Senate and U.S. House. He continues to advise leaders and organizations – specializing in strategic communications, media relations and presentation coaching.

Over the last decade, Michael stretched his entrepreneurial muscles by cofounding Newsbound, Inc., Complete the Degree and the One Million Degrees scholarship program. OMD has empowered more than 1,600 low-income community college scholars to succeed in school, in work and in life. Building OMD remains the most profoundly rewarding experience of Michael’s career.


In 2015, Michael authored Unlock Congress: Reform the Rules – Restore the System. He gives presentations about politics and government to universities, corporations and non-profit organizations. Unlock Congress has been adopted in college curricula around the country, including: The Ohio State University, Arizona State University, University of Illinois-Chicago, Benedictine University, and Elmhurst College.

Michael has served as a Media Fellow at the Open Society Institute and in Senior Fellowships at the Center for American Progress and British-American Project. He was appointed by the Governor of Illinois to serve on the state’s Commission on the Elimination of Poverty and has served as a director at the Shriver Poverty Law Center, Spark and the Anti-Defamation League.

Michael earned his B.A. from Indiana University and his M.S. in Public Services Management from DePaul University. He is an adjunct professor at ASU’s School of Politics and Global Studies.