Michael Golden is a Senior Fellow at American Progress and the author of Unlock Congress: Reform the Rules—Restore the System. Prior to joining American Progress, he was a broadcast journalist for NBC and CBS television affiliates in Illinois, Iowa, and California. His investigative and public affairs reporting on politics, education, health care, and criminal justice earned him honors from the Associated Press, the Edward R. Murrow Awards, and the Society of Professional Journalists.
Between 2000 and 2006, Golden worked as a campaign manager and communications strategist on political races for the White House, the U.S. Senate, and the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2006, he co-founded One Million Degrees, or OMD, a nonprofit scholarship program for low-income community college students in Illinois. OMD has raised more than $10 million to empower hundreds of scholars to graduate and launch careers. In 2012, Golden co-founded Complete the Degree, an OMD-affiliated program designed to motivate adults to return to college to finish their education.
Unlock Congress and Golden’s political commentary have been featured in the The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, Bloomberg News, The Huffington Post, RealClearPolitics, Salon, NPR, PBS, WGN, and “The Michael Smerconish Program.” Unlock Congress has been adopted in academic curricula at universities around the country, including: Ohio State University, Arizona State University, Elmhurst College, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Benedictine University.
Golden has served on the boards of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, the Anti-Defamation League, Spark Chicago, and OMD. Based on his work in education and workforce development, he was appointed by the state of Illinois to voluntarily serve on the state’s Commission on the Elimination of Poverty.
Golden is a former media fellow at the Open Society Institute and the British-American Project. He earned his B.A. from Indiana University and his M.S. from DePaul University’s School of Public Service.