Bachelor's degree in journalism, University of Colorado Boulder. 

Professional background:
Michelle first joined Colorado Public Radio in 2007 and was part of the "Colorado Matters" team for five years. She then worked at CU-Boulder as communications director for the College of Media, Communication and Information before returning to CPR in 2016. Michelle began her reporting career at a Denver business weekly, spent five years at the Colorado Springs Gazette and later moved to The Denver Post where she served as a state and local government reporter, an assigning editor, city editor and national/international editor.

As city editor at The Denver Post, Michelle helped lead the newspaper to a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of  the mass shootings at Columbine High School.