Michelai Graham is a California native who has been away from home since 2011. She went to Michigan State University for undergrad, where she earned her BA in journalism and BA in media and information. After moving to Washington, D.C., where she resides now, Graham earned an MA in journalism and public affairs with an emphasis on investigative reporting. She has been working as a business and technology reporter since she wrapped up schooling in 2018. As of March 2021, she officially become an independent contractor writing for Boardroom, Lifewire, The Plug, HubSpot, and a couple of other publications. She formerly wrote for AfroTech as well.