Michelle Pollino is a writer, reporter, journalist, and filmmaker. I am currently an entertainment and culture reporter for Fox News and SiriusXM Radio.
My career began while attending San Diego State University where I learned to fly planes and report highway gatherings morning and night. But after a near-fatal plane crash, my hometown of Philadelphia beckoned, and it was there that I found myself in the newsrooms of CBS and NPR, and NBC.
Finding more interest in stories of marginalized voices in the Philadelphia community, I ventured behind the camera to produce for WYBE TV, where I earned an Emmy nomination. But I quickly learned public television is not a sustainable career, so I landed in reality television, producing and directing more than 250 episodes of both network and cable tv at NBC, Showtime, TLC, Fox, CBS, A&E, Logo, and IFC. Successful shows included Trading Spaces, Ambush Makeover, and Searching For.
After writing episodes for these shows in an auspicious moment I found myself on a film set. I plunged into filmmaking by directing and producing. Some even made it on the big screen, including G.B.F starring Megan Mullally and Natasha Lyonne and the indie family feature Mayor Cupcake, starring Lea Thompson and Judd Nelson. But, alas, producing is a moneyed-persons game, and each year my bank account became a dry gulch.
In 2012, I started my own podcast, which did well, but Spotify was in it's infancy, and then in 2014 Fox News called. It was here that I've been ever since as an entertainment reporter and culture commentator for FOX radio, FOX.com, and Fox News
Covid lockdown in 2020 gave me the time to focus and write my first book and I have found myself on the verge of another crossroads. The Fracturing is Necessary explores the current divide in the United States through my own coming out journey, beginning in the newsrooms of Philadelphia to the biggest and most polarizing newsroom in the country.
I've also recently been named a fellow for FAIR in the arts. a nonpartisan professional network dedicated to advancing a common culture in arts, entertainment, & media that champions freedom of expression, open-mindedness, and the ability to strive for excellence in all creative endeavors.
You can find a preview and proposal for The Fracturing here.