Designer. Coder. Creative.

Michael Grant is the UX design editor at Reveal. He aims to carefully apply user-centered design methods to storytelling, strengthen user experiences and develop strategies for creating meaningful engagement with stories. He will explore fresh approaches of engaging new and existing segments of Reveal’s audience through research. A recent 10-month John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University allowed him to strengthen his creative problem-solving abilities while working on a journalism challenge. His project explored ways to make digital media training more accessible to journalists of color. Previously, Grant was creative director of the San Francisco Business Times and also worked at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis and the San Francisco Chronicle. Grant is based in Reveal’s Emeryville, California, office.

Before coming to The Chronicle, Grant worked at the Asbury Park Press Design Studio where he was honored with a 2012 Best of Gannett Award for “exceptional design work” on a sports section. Judges said he “brought a small town sports section to life.”

The early days of his career resemble a thesis, having interned at five newspapers including The New York Times Student Journalism Institute, the Orange County Register, the Baltimore Sun, the Sun-Sentinel, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also selected as a designer for student projects including both NABJ’s and ASNE’s convention student newsrooms.

Working with budding Journalists is also dear to Grant. He leads the Knight/ONA HBCU Digital Media Fellows, a program in it’s third year gives a select group of students high-profile exposure and advanced practical knowledge of emerging technologies, tools and approaches to reporting and distributing news online.

He has also served as a mentor for NABJ’s student project as both a print design and online desk mentor, AAJA’s student project and ONA’s convention student newsroom. He is cofounder of the NABJ HBCU Taskforce — dedicated to building camaraderie among HBCU stakeholders; providing a range of resources for student media outlets at black colleges; helping black colleges expand/diversify journalism curricula to compete on a national scale; and serving as a watchdog for mainstream media outlets’ coverage of black colleges.