Perhaps more than any other journalist in South Florida, Miami ArtZine editor Michelle Solomon has her finger on the pulse of the region’s arts scene.
Even though her online magazine is headquartered in Miami Beach, Solomon covers performances and events from South Miami-Dade all the way to Boca Raton and West Palm Beach. She supervises a team of writers and photographers, too.
“South Florida doesn’t get its due for all the arts that are going on. I could go to three really good, professional performances on just about any night—theater, dance, visual arts, all that. It’s a whirlwind, we can barely keep up there’s so much constantly going on.”
Solomon, who studied drama in college, got her start as a cub reporter at her local newspaper in northeast Pennsylvania with an arts beat including a new performing arts center with a varied and full calendar.
“They needed somebody who could cover everything from soup to nuts. Every single night, I was on deadline. I’d go to the show—it could be Polish dancers or Chinese acrobats one night and Johnny Mathis or Eddie Money the next—and then I’d have 45 minutes to write my review. That’s breaking news! I never went back to New York to become an actress,” she recalled.
After stints as the arts editor for the Albany Times Union, Detroit Free Press and a Detroit television station, she came to South Florida and worked as the online executive producer for WPLG-TV, before landing at Miami ArtZine more than five years ago.
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