Mike Szymanski previously worked as a journalist for Studio City Patch, the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Daily News, E! Online, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was the Movies Editor for Zap2it.com. His freelance work has appeared in US Magazine, Newsweek, Entertainment Weekly, New York Newsday and many other publications.
He has won awards from the California Newspaper Publishers, Valley Press Club, Lambda Literary Awards and Hearst Awards for Newswriting and Investigative Reporting. He also teaches journalism at UCLA Extension and guest lectures at local public and private schools in journalism and writing.