Michelai Graham

Michelai Graham


Michigan State University

American University


iOS and macOS

Social Media

DC-area technology ecosystem

Internet Culture


  • Freelance reporter and digital content creator with more than five years of experience writing stories about cyber, tech startups, entrepreneurship and the small business ecosystem in the D.C. area.
  • Published work can be found on CyberScoop, CQ Roll Call, Technical.ly DC and The Plug. 

  • Amateur news videographer and event/portrait photographer. 


Michelai Graham is a dynamic journalist with a passion for scouting and covering stories on local entrepreneurs, small businesses, and startups in the DC area. She first began covering technology and cybersecurity news in 2017 during her Master's degree program. Michelai possesses a comprehensive background in leading interviews with community members, developing strategies to increase publication exposure, and managing social media platforms to scout new stories. Her strong interpersonal, communication, analytical, and organizational skills have helped her progress her journalism career over the years. 

My Gear

My day to day set up includes a 2017 13-inch Macbook Air, currently running macOS Catalina version 10.15.7, and an iPhone 11 Pro Max, which is synched with a Series 4 Apple Watch. I’m a new 11-inch iPad Pro user, which is equipped with a second-generation Apple Pencil and a Magic Keyboard. More often than not, my Apple Airpods can be found in my ears. I have a PlayStation 4 that I use for all of my gaming and entertainment needs, including playing hours of Tomb Raider and Tetris (yes, you read that right). Also, I’m team Nikon, I have a Nikon D40X which I use for recreational photography. For fun, I often use a Minolta Hi-Matic AF2 point and shoot film camera that was first released in the early 1980s. My favorite piece of tech equipment would have to be my Polaroid camera that uses 600 film.


 Michelai earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism, with a specialization in editorial reporting, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media & Information, with a specialization in TV, cinema and radio, from Michigan State University in 2016. She went on to get a Masters of Arts degree in Journalism and Public Affairs with an emphasis on investigative reporting from American University in 2018. The majority of her studies focused on filmmaking, creating news packages from conceptualization to final product, and various forms of reporting including, profiling and data journalism. 

A Message from Michelai Graham

I am passionate about covering how technology has transformed over the years, and how it will continue to do so. I find it interesting how people choose to use different tech in the world today, and how tech is engulfed in everything we do from how we listen to music, work, play games, communicate, and beyond. Writing for Lifewire gives me a chance to cover these topics in various ways.

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