Micah Loewinger

Micah Loewinger is a reporter for On the Media, where he focuses on internet culture, politics, and the far-right.

His investigation into Zello, a walkie-talkie app used for recruitment and organizing by militia groups, won the John M. Higgins Award for Best In-Depth/Enterprise Reporting. His piece on a Syrian refugee camp in a Swedish Wild West theme park was a finalist for a Livingston Award for international reporting.

Before stumbling into a job at OTM, Micah interned for NPR Music, Radiolab, Soundcheck, WNET’s Great Performances, and Bush Radio in Cape Town, South Africa, the continent’s oldest community-run station. Everything he knows about this medium he learned from the best frickin’ college radio station in the world, WNYU 89.1FM, where he served as Program Director. Catch him as an erratic host of the 60’s-70’s experimental psychedelic radio show, Plastic Tales From the Marshmallow Dimension. Micah likes to cook borscht and scroll through Twitter.

He also loves tips and story ideas from listeners! DM him or send him a message on Signal: (646) 753-2373.

Micah Loewinger appears in the following:

The Zello Tapes: A Look Back At The Walkie-Talkie App Used During Insurrection

Friday, January 07, 2022

Listen to recordings from an insurrectionist as she stormed the Capitol.

On Zello: A Recruitment & Organizing Tool For The Far Right

Friday, January 07, 2022

How violence surrounding the election began unfolding months earlier.

A Look Back at Virginia's 2020 Lobby Day

Friday, January 07, 2022

A grassroots pro-gun movement, militias, and the threat of civil war. 

What The Press Lost In 2021

Friday, December 24, 2021

Reporters murdered, a surge in arrests, and shuttered newspapers.

Chasing Dash

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

The actor behind Dash of "The Incredibles" confronts its sequel for the first time.

From Scam, to Meme, to Priceless Work of Art?

Friday, November 12, 2021

The story of a man auctioning off his viral moment as a series of NFTs.

Kurt Vonnegut and the Shape of the Pandemic

Friday, October 22, 2021

Our preference for simple stories has made it hard to keep track of the pandemic.

How Hacked Records Revealed Oath Keepers Ties With Police Departments

Friday, October 08, 2021

From New York to California.

WNYC Investigation Finds Potential Links To Far-Right Militia In The NYPD

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Mayor de Blasio promised an immediate investigation into any ties between city employees and the Oath Keepers militia.

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How 9/11 Broke Our Brains

Friday, September 10, 2021

A look at the internet's first viral film and deep distrust in the post-9/11 moment.

The Ethics of Reporting on Data Leaked From Ransomware Attacks

Friday, July 30, 2021

What, if anything, has the press learned from the 2016 DNC hacks?

The Zello Tapes: The Walkie-Talkie App Used On January 6th

Friday, July 02, 2021

Listen to recordings from an insurrectionist as she stormed the Capitol.

Zello: A Recruitment & Organizing Tool For The Far Right

Friday, July 02, 2021

How violence surrounding the election began unfolding months earlier.

Behind The Scenes of Virginia's 2020 Lobby Day

Friday, July 02, 2021

A grassroots pro-gun movement, militias, and the threat of civil war. 

How Bad Faith Mobs Weaponize Objectivity

Friday, June 04, 2021

The Associated Press's decision to fire Emily Wilder last month is part of a growing trend.

Chasing Dash: A Former Child Actor Grapples With His Defining Role

Friday, April 23, 2021

The actor behind Dash of "The Incredibles" confronts its sequel for the first time.

Walkie-Talkie App Zello Purges Thousands Of Far-Right Channels Used To Coordinate Capitol Insurrection

Friday, January 15, 2021

Audio and chat logs show users and militia members shared information on the app while illegally storming the Capitol building.

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The Zello Tapes: The Walkie-Talkie App Used During The Insurrection

Friday, January 15, 2021

Listen to recordings from an insurrectionist as she stormed the Capitol.

Distance Learning Saved His Life

Friday, January 01, 2021

How a shift to online education could offer accessibility to some marginalized students.

The Year Of The Virus

Friday, December 25, 2020

Brooke and Bob revisit some essential lessons from a year of reporting on the pandemic.