Michael Connor is an award-winning media executive, entrepreneur and journalist with extensive experience in television, print and the internet. He writes about and consults in the fields of business ethics, corporate responsibility and sustainability.
Michael is Editor and Publisher of Business Ethics, an online magazine, and was previously host of Good Company with Michael Connor, a one-hour weekly program dealing with corporate responsibility and sustainability, broadcast nationally on 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, NBC Nightly News, CNBC, ABC News 20/20, USA Today and public radio. In 2010 he was named a Media Fellow in Stanford University’s Rock Center for Corporate Governance.
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.
Michael has launched and managed numerous ventures on multiple media platforms in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Internationally, he 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 the Center for an Urban Future, a progressive policy think tank. He also sits on the boards of two leading cultural organizations: Location One, a non-profit art gallery based in New York City; and Woodstock Fringe, a professional performing arts organization that develops and presents new and experimental theatrical and musical works. Michael is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and lives in New York City.