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Bio

PROFESSIONAL

    Based in Brooklyn, New York, Michael is a British TV host, Foreign Affairs Reporter, a CNN and Bloomberg contributor, and an emerging director and producer of documentaries spanning hardline current affairs, travel and tech to luxury, fashion and sport. Michael spent the fall of 2013 on assignment in Beirut, hosting, directing and producing a series of Telly Award winning documentaries for provocative online news platform, Vocativ. During his time in Lebanon, he travelled to Tripoli, Arsal, Mleeta and the mountainous region of Qalamoun, meeting with Free Syrian Army militia, mujahideen fighters, radical sheikhs and members of Hezbollah.   

The first half of 2014 has seen Michael filming pilots for The Travel Channel and Red Bull.  Selected to host the upcoming series, Saving Heroes, Michael will spend the summer traveling the United States, uncovering the plights of America’s most inspirational men and women from courageous Veterans and First Responders. Saving Heroes premiers on The Discovery Channel's newly re-branded American Heroes Channel on Saturday, July 26 at 9am EST. 

Prior to his television debut, Michael spent 20 years as an assault helicopter pilot in Her Majesty's Royal Air Force, serving operational flying tours in Kosovo, Macedonia, Bosnia and Iraq, as well as senior engagement and diplomacy tours in Afghanistan, Sumatra (post tsunami), India and Africa. He quickly rose to Senior Officer status and spent his final years before retirement as an advisor within the UK's Ministry of Defense.

 Michael marries his unique expertise and extensive experience with a natural ease in front of the camera to deliver strong, meaningful messages - occasionally peppered with his dry British humor.  He pursues stories through a personal approach that embraces compassion and sensitivity, underpinned by a gravitas and drive developed through years of leading high performance teams in conflict and disaster regions around the globe. 


EDUCATION & EARLY PROFESSIONAL LIFE


    Born in Germany to English parents, Michael was educated in Scotland and grew up in North Wales, where he spent his childhood helping to raise his severely autistic brother, Spencer. At the age of 14, he was awarded a leadership scholarship to study at the Royal School of Gordonstoun, whose alumni include The Duke of Edinburgh and The Prince of Wales.

 

At the age of 18, Michael started his professional career in the Royal Air Force Officer Academy, embarking on a five-year training program that prepared him to fly complex and dangerous multi aircraft missions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Northern Ireland and the Balkans from 1998 to 2006.  

 

In 2008, Michael was appointed into an elite, international group of military officers selected to undertake an intensive, year long program with Kings College London where he earned a Masters degree in International Relations, Foreign Policy and Defense. This knowledge and experience earned him a place within the UK’s Ministry of Defense in London, where Michael worked as a trusted Advisor until his retirement in 2012.

 

PERSONAL


    In addition to the rewards of serving Queen and country for two decades, Michael attributes one of his greatest achievements to the two years he spent successfully spearheading efforts to improve his brother’s quality of life through care in the community initiatives in the North Wales region.


Stemming from a passion for photography and videography, Michael built his own production company, RIGSO, after moving to New York in 2012. Specializing in branded content for luxury companies, RIGSO’s roster of clients include VOGUE, Hourglass Cosmetics, Bal Harbour Magazine and CONDE NAST Entertainment.

 

When not on either end of the camera, Michael fuels his adrenaline-junkie spirit through triathlon training, motorbike racing, snowboarding and open water scuba diving, all whilst flexing his philanthropic muscle as an Advisory Board Member of the Humane Society of New York.  




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