Michael E. Flores

Journalist, Filmmaker, Social Scientist

Hi, my name is Michael E. Flores. 

As of October 2023, I am freelancing for short term projects.

A little about my process: I am a journalist, which means I report. Good reporting means digging into the details of history, fact-checking it among many sources, and corroborating statements. I am backed by my background in sociology. The best sociology pairs critical discourse with history and statistics. To give you a sense of how that works, my last paper was on the role of religiosity in fascism in the January 6th insurrection. I was able to make a statistical correlation while digging back into history from the 19th century.

I take on-the-ground reporting and researching seriously, like most good reporters. Perhaps my difference is that I take a post-colonial approach -- I prioritize the voices of the disempowered. I understand the overlapping relationships between capitalism, racism, sexism, and imperialism. I follow the academic traditions of Frantz Fanon and Edward Said. It was useful in writing about a mass shooting in a Chinese neighborhood in California. I brought in the history of colonization of parts of Asia, and how that affects the mental health of the elderly diaspora.

My current medium is documentary filmmaking. My first film was on the rise of the son of a dictator in the Philippines, and my personal ties to it. As an example of my ability to produce and find good subjects for a film, the government arrested an interviewee as political retribution for being an outspoken critic. I cut my teeth in reporting as a daily news journalist for a Los Angeles public radio station.

My projects include subnational diplomacy and climate change, indigenous voices, and Hawaiian hula groups.

I am informed by my experience as an Army medic with a deployment to Iraq from 2006-08, and growing up in a disadvantaged community.

Education and Work

I have been a journalist for about three years and received a research-rich undergraduate education. I majored in sociology at UC Irvine. I was a paid research assistant on a federally-funded grant, and wrote a paper that was published at an undergraduate research symposium. For my graduate studies, I attended Columbia University for journalism. I came out of Columbia proficient at reporting, interviewing, and producing documentaries.

The documentary lead to a fellowship at the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting.

My reporting roots are in radio. I was a reporter for Pacifica News KPFK 90.7FM in Los Angeles. Then, I was an associate producer on-call for LAist Radio 89.3 FM, an NPR station (formerly known as KPCC). 

Data Skills

  • Inferential statistics (determining correlations myself or analyzing the computations of others)
  • Survey design
  • Mixed-method research design
  • Visual methods
  • Qualitative data coding
  • Semi-structured interview techniques
  • Data cleaning
  • Case reports
  • Academic databases (EBSCO, Jstor, etc.)

Production Skills

  • Field producing (reporting experience in the US, Philippines, Spain; finding field producers/fixers; coordinating interviews; researching shooting locations)
  • Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Adobe Audition
  • Adobe Lightroom 
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Canon C200
  • Sony FX30
  • Sony FX6
  • Sony FS5
  • Nikon D800
  • Tascam & Zoom Recorders
  • Three-Point Lighting
  • In-Situ Interviews
Using Format