Michael was born to parents Frank and Laura in Stirling in 1990. He left school at 16 to follow in his fathers footsteps of joining the military, however a nasty fall in training left him with a complex fracture in his left leg, to this day it still stings in the cold. With a career in the armed forces looking unlikely, Michael was left with few qualifications and spent his late teens drifting from job to job, unsure what to do with his life. When he was 22 he was approached by an old school friend who offered him a job at a local newspaper. Michael gladly accepted and for the next 3 years he worked covering local news. At age 25 he saw a journalism job with the possibility of foreign travel and applied immediately. He was given the job, slightly dissapointed but not all that surprised to find that it was as a research assistant for a more senior correspondant, still, anything was better than covering the ongoing local legal dispute of whether a garden shed breached planning permission.
Michael carried out his research role well and at age 28 was given the opportunity of a lifetime, to go to Chernarus and cover the developing unrest there. Halted by checkpoints at the border, Michael tried to use his press pass to get in but was aggressively denied by the guards. His lack of Russian did not help things but he had been given a local translator to assist. The translator told him that the border into South Zargoria was locked down and nobody was allowed through. Michael waited in a town near the border for nearly two weeks and was about to be flown home when he received word that the soliders were abandoning the checkpoints. Michael grabbed his bag and tried to convince Nikolai his translator to come with him. Nikolai shook his head fearfully, saying he had heard stories of what was going on. Michael decided to take his chances and headed towards the border. People tried to turn him away as he got closer, pushing through droves of people heading the other way but he was resolute. If he could find out what was going on then he would make a name for himself back home.