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 Sidney Award winner, Mike Elk is the founder of Payday Report and also covers labor and immigration issues for The Guardian.

A proud member of the Newspaper Guild union, he was illegally fired for union organizing as Politico’s senior labor reporter in August of 2015. He used his $70,000 NLRB settlement to start Payday Report, which subsists solely off of the donations of readers and small grants from foundations

After 13 years away, covering the drug war in Brasil, union organizing in the Deep South, and the Obama Administration in D.C., Elk now lives back in his hometown Pittsburgh.

A proud graduate of Woodlands Hills, which was still under federal integration when he attended it as a child, he is the son of United Electrical Workers (UE) Director of Organization Gene Elk.

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

Christine Bolaños, Associate Editor

Christine Bolaños is a Salvadoran-American journalist based in Texas who writes about social justice, women’s empowerment and Latino issues for numerous national media outlets. In addition to reporting and writing, she is versed in editing, transcription, translation, content management and consulting.

You can follow her work at https://twitter.com/bolanosnews08