Hi. I’m a freelance writer and editor in Charlotte, North Carolina. My work has appeared in The Guardian, Garden & Gun, POLITICO, SUCCESS, Washingtonian, Our State, Southwest: The Magazine, and SB Nation longform. I write a monthly column for the back page of Charlotte magazine, where I was editor from April 2013 to August 2017.

I’ve received multiple notable selections in Best American Sports Writing and Best American Essays. Stories I’ve written or edited have been picked up by the Nieman Storyboard, gangrey.com, longform.org, and longreads.com. I’ve been a presenter at the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference and the Poynter Institute. In May 2017, the City and Regional Magazine Association named my three-part series on the Myers Park High School football team its feature of the year, and Charlotte magazine was a finalist for general excellence.

Michael Graff
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From 2009 to 2013, I was a staff writer and editor at Our State magazine, where I was part of a team that won Folio: Magazine Gold Awards in 2011 and 2012.

From 2005 to 2009, I was the Sunday enterprise reporter for The Fayetteville Observer, where I wrote about the Crips gang and charter schools and basketball prodigies. In 2008 I was the most honored newspaper writer in North Carolina.

I’ve also worked as a reporter for the Rocky Mount Telegram and The Winchester Star. I’ve written for The Associated Press, Triad Golf Today, Midwest Living the News & Record, the Winston-Salem Journal, the High Point Enterprise, High Point University’s alumni magazine, and Wake Forest University’s law school.

I grew up in Maryland, where I mastered the crafts of delivering pizzas in 30 minutes or less and layering butter on movie-theater popcorn. I spent my summers working as first mate on my dad’s charter fishing boat on the Chesapeake Bay. I’m a graduate of High Point University, and in the fall of 2013, my alma mater honored me as its Young Alumni of the Year.

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