Michelle Delgado is a journalist based in Washington, D.C.

I wrote my first news story when I was in the 5th grade.

I interviewed Pamela Duncan Edwards and Henry Cole, the author and illustrator team behind Livingstone Mouse, for a Q&A that ran in the back of our school newsletter. I didn't know it then, but I was hooked.

When I left my rural hometown for the University of Virginia, I packed my days with eclectic course work and odd jobs. I spent time as a radio host, social media editor, essay writer, research assistant, and haunted City Council and School Board meetings as a local reporter. On graduation day, I crossed the Lawn with a 50 page thesis and a BA in English and American Studies to my name, and set off to ignore the very good advice everyone had given me--in other words, to pursue journalism. 

Post college, I spent a little over a year at The Atlantic's live events division before taking a tech writing job. I spend my nights and weekends researching and reporting freelance stories, and you check out my most recent stories here. I'm also a freelance research assistant and fact checker (more), and am the author of a weekly newsletter about the strange histories behind mundane things (join).

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Portrait by Anna Carson Dewitt