My young pal Michael Higdon is reentering full-time journalism — “with a vengeance,” he says.


Michael has worked as a designer, an ad designer, a news design manager, and a systems manager. More recently, Michael has worked via his blog, Drinkable Reno, via which he focused on the craft beer scene there.

He posted this weekend:

Everyone kept asking me when Drinkable Reno would go full-time and now I sort of am. Without the uplifting encouragement and support of all my readers, family and friends, I never would’ve applied for the job. So you have no one else to blame but yourself.

…Drinkable Reno and all its bits and pieces will go silent. But don’t worry, it’s only because I am going to bring you even more stories about beer, spirits, technology, gentrification and hipster life.

Today, he starts a new job as a metro life reporter at the Reno (Nev.) Gazette-Journal. He even created this fun little graphic to help explain his new gig to his social media audience:


A 2009 graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, Michael worked a summer internship with the Courier-Journal of Louisville, Ky., was a Pulliam Fellow at the Indianapolis Star and an summer fellow at the Poynter Institute. He also did some work for NASA during his final year in Reno.

He started work for Swift Communications, also of Reno, in June of 2009 as an ad designer and slid back to the editorial side in 2010 as an editorial designer. In 2012, he was named Swift’s editorial systems administrator. He also taught part-time at the University of Nevada, Reno.

And occasionally, he entertains elderly friends who happen to visit the area.

Michael writes:

So where do you find these stories of drunken hipsters starting up new tech firms in Reno? Start by subscribing to the Reno Memo, but otherwise, I’m not actually sure. Keep a look out on Facebook for a new page or follow @MikeHigdon on Twitter.

Find Michael’s personal web site here.