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Mike Elk, Senior Labor Reporter & Founder

A Sidney Award winner, Mike Elk is the founder of Payday Report and also covers labor and immigration 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 and used his $70,000 NLRB settlement to start Payday Report.

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 live back in his hometown Pittsburgh,

A native of Pittsburgh, Pa, Elk is a proud graduate of Woodlands Hills, which was still under federal integration when he attended. His father is United Electrical Workers (UE) Director of Organization Gene Elk.

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