Michael D. Bolden has spent more than 25 years working in multiple areas of journalism, including editing, reporting, production, and philanthropic funding for innovation and entrepreneurship in the field. He is the managing director, communications, for the John S. Knight (JSK) Journalism Fellowships at Stanford University, an international program focused on leadership in journalism.

For four years, Bolden served as the first editorial director for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the leading funder of the arts and journalism innovation in the United States, and occasionally consults for the foundation. Prior to joining the Knight Foundation, he worked at The Washington Post for 13 years, where he led the award-winning development and transportation reporting team and worked as an editor for The Washington Post Magazine, Style and Sunday Arts sections, where he helped edit two Pulitzer Prize-winning features.

Bolden has also worked as an editor, reporter, copy editor and production manager for the Miami Herald, the Northwest Florida Daily News and The Times-Picayune (New Orleans). He was a fellow in the Maynard Media Academy’s entrepreneurial leadership and media management program at Harvard University and earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alabama.

Bolden serves on the board of directors for the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, the philanthropy that supports the educational mission of the Society of Professional Journalists. He is a member of ACES: the Society for Editing, the American Society of News Editors, the Native American Journalists Association, the National Association of Black Journalists, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the National Press Club, NLGJA-the Association of LGBTQ Journalists, and Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honorary. He lives in Northern California.

Current Role at Stanford

Managing Director, John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships