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Michael W. Harkins is a Northern California-based independent journalist who also consults on communications and media projects. He has just released his new book, Move to Fire, a ten year project documenting the true story of a defective gun, a $50,000,000 lawsuit, and a teenager's victory over a corrupt gun maker. His previous book, The Way to Communicate, a guide for developing enhanced personal communication skills, was released in 2010. His forty-year creative career has included work for and with a wide variety of clients, including Jackson Family Wines / Kendall-Jackson, Gatorade, USC Keck Medical Center, the American Red Cross, Thrice Fiction magazine, and NorthBay Biz magazine. His commentary has been featured on NPR's All Things Considered, and his early concert industry work included tours with Journey, Bruce Springsteen, and Michael Jackson.
He is a long-time volunteer hawkwatcher with the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory, he volunteers with the Wild Horse Sanctuary of Shingletown, California, and the American Red Cross, and is a former adult literacy tutor for Sonoma County