G. Michael Bush ,
, a.k.a. Mike, grew up on Staten Island.
After high school, he
spent three years as an Army paratrooper, primarily in Germany and on Okinawa.
Not long after he
was discharged he
moved back to Europe and lived in Denmark and Italy for five years.
didn't go to college until he
returned to the United States.
Settling in Southern California, he obtained a two-year degree from Pasadena City College, then attended Long Beach State where he majored in journalism.
He was a reporter, then managing editor, of the university's newspaper, the Daily 49er, which he still recalls with extreme fondness.
After graduation, Mike began writing for the Los Angeles Times
, and for the next 16 years reported for that paper and two others, the Long Beach Press-Telegram and the Los Angeles Daily Journal
, which he
calls "the nation's oldest, largest and best daily paper for lawyers and judges."
In 1998 Mike was one of three seasoned journalists awarded the prestigious Freedom Forum Fellowship to study mass communications at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
studies around the theme of cultural diversity in the newsroom.
After earning his Ph.D. in record time, just over two years, he returned to New York to teach at Long Island University's Brooklyn campus.
At LIU, he teaches classes on news writing, news reporting, writing for TV news, and a course called Mass Media & Minorities.
He is also the faculty adviser to the campus newspaper, Seawanhaka.
This summer he
will be reporting and writing for the Sacramento Bee as a fellow of the American Society of Newspaper Editors' Institute for Journalism Excellence
Mike lives in Jersey City.
is married and has two adult daughters and two grandchildren.
When not teaching, he
enjoys traveling, gardening and playing the piano.