About Me

Hi there! My name is Michael Carter.

I am a freelance writer living and working in Edmonton, Alberta with my wonderful girlfriend and our newly acquired COVID-kitty Athena.

Athena. Codename: Squeaky. Loves: cuddles and destruction. God of Wisdom and War. 

From 2016- the current, I have been working as a construction site lead hand, most recently taking on the position of supervisor. 

I made a dramatic career transition in 2016 from journalist to carpenter.

As a core member of a general contracting company called Archive Contracting and Design Inc. (formerly AD Carter Construction Ltd.), both owned by my brother Aaron, I saw it as an exciting opportunity to learn something new. I also saw the potential learning a trade would have for longer term stability given the existing environment of print media. 

Despite enjoying my current career path, I have always maintained an intense passion for the trade I believe is my calling: writing. That is what led to the creation of this blog.

From 2012 to 2016 I was a general assignment reporter working in the Peace Region of British Columbia. I had the pleasure of being published in three different newspapers over this period of time: the Alaska Highway News, the Dawson Creek Mirror and the Chetwynd Echo. 

At each of these positions, I would write and edit between 10 and 12 news stories a week, plus a couple more lengthy features when required. This would involve conducting in-person and over-the-phone interviews as well as extensive research at times. These articles would vary between long-form features/news items for print publication and shorter breaking/general news pieces for the website. 

I like to hike.

I gained a reputation, along with my co-worker and current Edmonton Journal reporter Jonny Wakefield, as a reliable source for news in the Peace Region. As such, we both were called upon at times to do phone-in interviews with radio and TV stations in the lower mainland of BC to update viewers and listeners on events happening in our region.

On several occasions my work appeared in the publication “Business in Vancouver,” where I became a trusted source in the north updating its readers on the business news in the Peace Region. 

I have appeared on national TV on a couple of occasions to report on extensive flooding that took place in the City of Dawson Creek in the Spring of 2016.  

Since I was in High School dreaming of my future career as a journalist I have always told myself that the only way to get better at writing is to write. The experience above has allowed me to sharpen and define my communication, writing, interviewing, organizational and editing skills. 

My experience in the construction industry since 2016 has honed my leadership skills and made me a more well rounded person. 

My day job.

Before my entry into journalism, I was employed throughout my university career (2012 BA from St. Thomas University) at the City of Fredericton, New Brunswick’s Parks and Trees Department. This job was my entry into a leadership position where I excelled at managing a team of workers to accomplish a common goal. I was also a teaching Assistant for the final two years of my undergraduate degree.

While I do have a day job, any support for this blog would be greatly appreciated. Please see the "Support" tab up top for more information.

If you have an idea for a story, a story you've written and want posted on this blog or any other thing you want to say to me, drop me a line at mikecarterwrites@gmail.com.

You can also follow me on Twitter @mikecarterlives

Here's a mugshot for good measure. 


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