Michael Learmonth is a Senior Editor at Silicon Alley Insider. Prior to joining SAI, Michael spent several years covering the media and entertainment business for Variety and Reuters America. He was an early hire at the Industry Standard and assisted in the launch (and shut-down) of its short-lived European edition in London. He started his career in journalism in the alternative press, covering Silicon Valley for Metro Newspaper. Michael was born in Washington, DC and graduated from Earlham College and UC Berkeley.