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, of nd 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.

Kat Callahan Night 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.