Michael Flores served seven years in the Army National Guard and deployed to Iraq in 2006 as a medic attached to an infantry unit. When a friend did not come home, he was motivated to attend college at University of California, Irvine to answer the question: Why did we go to Iraq?
He earned a degree in sociology and worked as a radio journalist. His work centers around racism, class, and imperialism. He wrote for The War Horse on how racist humor silences minorities. He also writes for LAist/NPR in Los Angeles, exposing white supremacists. He is a 2022 Pulitzer Center Fellow for Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He is also a co-founder of Veteran Independent Research Organization, which blends social science and journalistic research methods to highlight veteran issues.