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Michael Holtz is a freelance writer based in China. From 2016 to 2018, he was the Beijing bureau chief for The Christian Science Monitor. He has also worked for the Associated Press, Chicago Tribune, and PRI’s The World.

His stories often focus on human rights and environmental issues in Asia. In recent years, he has reported on the plight of migrant workers in China, the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar, child labor in Nepal, and deforestation in Indonesia.

His work has been supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and the International Reporting Project.

He graduated from the University of Kansas with degrees in journalism and political science. He has studied Chinese as a Kathryn Davis Fellow at the Middlebury summer language program and as a Blakemore Fellow at the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies at Tsinghua University.

Michael was born and raised in Topeka, Kan. He lives in Beijing.