Michelle Broder Van Dyke is a Digital Journalist with Spectrum News. Her writing has been published by the New York Times, NBC News, the Guardian, BuzzFeed News, Gizmodo, Audubon, Slate, the San Francisco Chronicle, FLUX Hawaii, Honolulu Magazine and others. Her reporting focuses on environmental justice, biodiversity and climate change issues, especially those experienced firsthand in Pacific island nations, states, and territories.
For more than six years, she was the Night Editor for BuzzFeed News. She reported and edited breaking news from Honolulu with a team based around the world. She did on-the-ground reporting, utilized social media and procured government records to uncover stories. Her reporting tackled Hawaii’s false missile alert, the volcano eruption on the Big Island, and a hurricane that flooded multiple parts of the state.
She also worked as the adviser for the student media program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where she mentored young journalists and taught about the responsibility of the press in relation to the university community it serves.
She grew up in Hawaii and graduated from Punahou School. She earned an MA in Journalism at Columbia University in New York and a BA in English and Psychology at Oberlin College in Ohio. She started her career as a Society of Professional Journalist Fellow at Honolulu Magazine.
In her spare time, she is a flower farmer at Tantalus Botanicals, a boutique farm and floral company that she started with her husband and their dog on the property where she grew up.
Michelle Broder Van Dyke covers the Hawaiian Islands for Spectrum News Hawaii.