Michael P. Ventura is the Managing Editor at DNAinfo, in charge of running daily newsroom operations. He's also our resident New York guru.
Mike was city editor at Metro between 2004 and 2008. You may remember the paper's world-beating coverage of CBGB's final days, new Yankee Stadium shenanigans and synthetic turf installation in city parks.
As a freelance writer, Mike has written about sea pirates for the Village Voice, Bikram yoga for Time Out New York and real estate for The Real Deal, among other newspapers, magazines and Web sites. He's also been a copy editor for the Daily News and a Web producer for WNYC Radio.
After graduating from Boston College with a degree in philosophy, Mike got his start in Web journalism back in the hand-coding HTML days of the late 1990s at a Massachusetts community newspaper site that no longer exists. The Boston Herald bought it and Mike rose to senior editor. Years later, he graduated from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.
Red Sox fatigue set in, and Mike moved to the Upper East Side in 2004. Two years later, he decamped to Brooklyn. He and his wife live in a neighborhood you've never heard of.
Fun Fact: Mike is learning to play the drums. He's currently the drummer in an imaginary metal band called Maspeth.