A designer, coder & creative


Michael Grant is a senior digital designer at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, Minn. Working on a team of four, many of the organization’s most important pieces of journalism land on his desk. Experimenting with storyforms, libraries and discovering optimal and experimental methods of storytelling are daily routine. When he’s not building stories, you can find Grant seeking solutions to workflow using tools like Trello and Asana, and advocating for users by collecting QA feedback before shipping projects. He recently won an SND for a print/web package.

Grant moved to Minnesota from the bay area, where he was a digital designer and developer at the San Francisco Chronicle. While there, he helped lead the newsroom’s thrust into the digital future. His design ability and understanding of storytelling coupled with an unrelenting interest in web technologies maked him a perfect fit for The Chronicle’s digital initiatives.

Grant works closely with editorial teams to produce visually stunning stories for sfchronicle.com. He also works closely with each editorial department that goes through “the incubator” — a digital training ground for staff.

Before coming to The Chronicle Grant worked at the Asbury Park Press Design Studio where he was honored with a 2012 Best of Gannett Award for “exceptional design work” on a sports section. Judges said he “brought a small town sports section to life.”

The early days of his career resemble a thesis, having interned at five newspapers including The New York Times Student Journalism Institute, the Orange County Register, the Baltimore Sun, the Sun-Sentinel, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also selected as a designer for student projects including both NABJ’s and ASNE’s convention student newsrooms.

Working with budding Journalists is also dear to Grant. He leads the Knight/ONA HBCU Digital Media Fellows, a program in it’s third year gives a select group of students high-profile exposure and advanced practical knowledge of emerging technologies, tools and approaches to reporting and distributing news online.

He has also served as a mentor for NABJ’s student project as both a print design and online desk mentor, AAJA’s student project and ONA’s convention student newsroom. He is cofounder of the NABJ HBCU Taskforce — dedicated to building camaraderie among HBCU stakeholders; providing a range of resources for student media outlets at black colleges; helping black colleges expand/diversify journalism curricula to compete on a national scale; and serving as a watchdog for mainstream media outlets’ coverage of black colleges.