Michael Graff is the editor of Charlotte magazine and a contributor to many other publications around the country, including POLITICO, Washingtonian, Success,Southwest: The Magazine, and Garden & Gun. He started writing essays only because he was forced to write an editor's note every month, and he received more feedback and engagement when he wrote about his family than any other topic. He's been a notable in Best American Essays and Best American Sports Writing. His three-part series about a high school football team that's made up of the city's wealthiest and poorest kids won a City and Regional Magazine award for feature story in 2017. He's far more proud of the fact that Charlotte magazine, with a fulltime editorial staff of just three, was a finalist for general excellence in the same CRMA competition. He's lived in North Carolina more than half of his life now, but he's a native of Maryland and son of a Chesapeake Bay waterman, so he remains a die-hard Orioles fan and crab cake snob.