Michael J. Solender has written hundreds of feature articles for regional and national publications. He is a regular contributor to The Charlotte Observer where he writes about art, business, community, faith, travel and pop culture.
His work has appeared in Southern Living, Ocean Home Magazine, NASCAR Illustrated, American City Business Journals, The Faster Times, The Jewish Daily Forward, Charlotte magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Creative Loafing, Carolina Mountain Life, Lake Norman Magazine, Minnesota Magazine, Richmond Style Weekly, The Raleigh News & Observer, SouthPark Magazine, South Charlotte News, NFocus, The Miami Herald, TravelConnect, The Viewspaper, Qcitymetro, and many others. An avid blogger, his commentary has been showcased at Thought Catalog, CLT Blog, and Like The Dew, Journal of Southern Culture and Politics.
Solender’s coverage includes theater, film, literary reviews, pop culture, food, travel, cityscape, celebrity interviews, opinion, satire and more. Unique angles, hidden back-stories, comprehensive interviews and diligent sourcing are hallmarks of his story telling.
His approach to story telling was developed over a twenty-five-year career in corporate human resources supporting Fortune 500 companies.
Solender works with organizations, large and small in both nonprofit and for profit arenas as a communications specialist and strategist. His support has included executive speech writing, message mapping and talking points for executive teams, media relations, social media strategy, marketing and employee communications. He is frequently called upon to evaluate existing communication materials and approaches for effectiveness and consistency in messaging.
He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota where he obtained an undergraduate degree in Communication and a graduate degree in Industrial Relations.
A Charlotte, NC resident since 2001, Solender has also lived in Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Richmond and Melbourne, FL.