About Us

Mike Elk (right) pictured with Greensboro City Workers Union UE Local 150 President Charles French in Greensboro, North Carolina 

Mike Elk, Senior Labor Reporter & Founder

A protege of the late William Greider, Mike Elk is a Sidney award winning labor reporter and the founder of Payday Report. He also has worked extensively as a correspondent for The Guardian. In 2016, he used his $70,000 NLRB settlement from being fired in the union drive at Politico to start the crowd-funded Payday Report while living in Chattanooga.

The son of United Electrical Workers (UE) Director of Organization Gene Elk, he attended Woodland Hills while it was still under federal desegeration orders in the early in 2000s. He now lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh when he’s not out on the road covering workers.

He can be reached at melk@paydayreport.com or on Twitter @MikeElk.

Kat Callahan, Associate Editor

Kat Callahan is a journalist, civics teacher, and union organizer, with her previous reporting being in the areas of political, LGBTQ, Japanese, and automotive news. She has worked for Jezebel, Jalopnik, and contributed to AnimeNow and got her start as a student journalist at the Daily Texan. 

She has contributed to academic textbooks and her academic interests include historical Japanese radical ultranationalism and internationalization/supranationalism. Callahan has been active in unions both in the U.S. and Japan.

In addition to freelance journalism and editing, she currently works and writes for the United Nations based in Tokyo.