Michael Connor is an award-winning media executive, entrepreneur and journalist with extensive experience in television, print and the internet. He has launched and managed numerous ventures on multiple media platforms in the U.S., Europe and Asia.
Michael is recognized as a thought leader in the fields of business ethics, corporate responsibility and sustainability. He has served as Executive Editor and Publisher of Business Ethics magazine, the premier U.S. publication in the field, and as host of Good Company with Michael Connor, a one-hour weekly program dealing with corporate responsibility and sustainability, broadcast nationally on Lime/Sirius Satellite Radio.
He is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars and has been called on frequently for expert commentary by national media, including CNN International, CNBC, ABC News 20/20, USA Today and public radio.
Since April 2007, Michael has also served as Executive Director of the Open Media and Information Companies Initiative – Open MIC (www.openmic.org) – a non-profit organization working to promote an open and diverse media environment through market-based solutions.
Michael began his career as a journalist, first as a staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal, and later as Correspondent and Senior Producer for ABC News, where his television work received numerous honors, including a national Emmy, a Columbia-duPont Award, a Writers Guild Award and a nomination for an Academy Award. He also held executive positions at Dow Jones & Co., where he led global development of the company’s TV and multimedia operations, and served as Executive Producer of The Wall Street Journal Report, a weekly syndicated program.
Internationally, Michael was instrumental in the development and launch of Asia Business News, a Singapore-based pan-Asian TV network, and later served as founding Chief Executive of European Business News (EBN), Dow Jones’s London-based pan-European TV network. These two networks were later merged with CNBC and formed the distribution backbone of CNBC International.
Michael has also served as a Senior Vice President of Mag Rack, Cablevision Inc.’s pioneering video-on-demand service for the cable TV industry, and has been senior consultant on media strategies for a number of leading global brands, including the Walt Disney Company, Hearst Corporation and Standard & Poor’s.
Michael is a board member of City Futures Inc., an organization that is home to the Center for an Urban Future, a progressive policy think tank, and City Limits, an urban affairs news magazine. He also sits on the board of Location One, a non-profit devoted to convergence between visual, performing and digital arts in a time of rapidly changing technology. Michael is a graduate of Holy Cross College and lives in New York City.