Michael Skoler

Michael Skoler has worked in print, radio, television and the Web — producing a daily show for the CBS Radio Network, reporting at WGBH-TV in Boston, and serving as a science and foreign correspondent at National Public Radio in Washington DC and Nairobi, Kenya.

After receiving an MBA in 1999, he spent two and a half years at the global consulting firm McKinsey & Company working on strategy, new business creation, and growth plans for corporations and non-profits in media, education and technology.

In 2003, Skoler joined American Public Media/Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul, where he managed a 63-person newsroom, founded the Public Insight Journalism model that creates partnership between newsrooms and the public, and co-founded and led an international week-long collaboration among public radio newsrooms and shows.  In 2006, he founded and served as executive director of the Center for Innovation in Journalism at American Public Media through 2008.

Since his fellowship at RJI, Skoler has accepted a position at Public Radio International (PRI).  As vice president of Interactive Media, he will identify, develop and implement interactive strategies for the creation, distribution and engagement of PRI content. He will, among other things, expand PRI’s impact by spearheading content initiatives in the digital realm, partnering with key interactive content providers and public radio stations, broadening distribution via online platforms, and developing associated communities.

Selected awards and fellowships

2008: International Dialogues for Thought Leaders in Media/Journalism, IVOH
2007: Inaugural Knight News Innovation EPpy for Public Insight Journalism
2005: Batten Award for Innovations in Journalism for Public Insight Journalism
2003: Batten Award for Innovations in Journalism for MPR Budget Balancer game
1998: Joe Alex Morris Memorial Lecturer, Nieman Foundation, Harvard
1997–99: Batten Media Fellow at Darden Business School (University of Virginia)
1994: duPont-Columbia Silver Batons for coverage of Rwanda and South Africa
1993: Robert F. Kennedy Award for international reporting
1989: Gold Medal, International Radio Festival of New York
1988: AAAS-Westinghouse Award for technology reporting

Selected board memberships

  • Executive Committee of the Nieman Foundation Advisory Board, Harvard University
  • Multimedia Advisory Board, USC Annenberg Health Journalism Fellowships


  • MBA — Darden Graduate School of Business, University of Virginia
    May 1999
    Batten Media Fellow, Shermet Scholar
  • Nieman Fellow — Harvard University
  • BA magna cum laude — Harvard University
    June 1980
    Degree in the History of Science, John Harvard Scholar, Phi Beta Kappa