|Mike Halterman is a 25-year-old journalist who was born in Jacksonville, Florida. He considers himself "a Southern boy" and grew up in Warrington, Florida. He graduated from the IB Diploma Programme at Pensacola High School in Pensacola, Florida in 2004.
Since then he has pursued a degree in journalism and a minor in French language at the University of South Florida. He interned with the Wikimedia Foundation offices as a public relations consultant during the summer of 2007, and was under freelance contract in 2008 for the Gannett Company, providing nightlife correspondence in the Tampa area. He worked as writer and later editor of OMG! Magazine, an GLBT magazine serving Tampa Bay, Orlando, Key West, Miami, and Fort Lauderdale. He currently owns and publishes Out on the Town Magazine, a GLBT magazine for the Florida Panhandle, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana. He has also freelanced for the Pensacola News Journal, another Gannett property. As of August 2011 he has since relocated to Fayetteville, Arkansas, where he continues to run his magazine.
Mike first joined the English Wikipedia in June 2004. He became an administrator in September 2004, with 64 supporters (the record at that time, although many people have breezed past that since then). From June 2004 to June 2005 he was known by the user name TheCustomOfLife, and was still known by that name on other Wikis until he created a unified login for himself in June 2008.
On the English Wikipedia, Mike created the WikiProject on soap operas, and he is involved in the WikiProjects on Florida and the Eurovision Song Contest. He has written over 1,200 articles on Wikipedia over five years, and has had over 35 "Did you know?" entries showcased on the Main Page.
In addition, Mike organized the attempt to have Wikimania 2008 held in Atlanta, Georgia, but came in second place during judging to Alexandria, Egypt. He helped the Danish community put together their own chapter, which became an official organization by Danish law in April 2009, and was approved as an official chapter by Wikimedia on July 4, 2009. Tillykke danskerne!
Mike is a prolific contributor to the English Wikinews, to which he has been registered since April 2005. He conducted a series of entertainment and culture-related interviews with various subjects from November 2007 to May 2009.
Here are some of my Wiki-milestones.
- June 4, 2004: First edit (as TheCustomOfLife).
- June 22, 2004: 1,000th edit.
- July 7, 2004: 2,500th edit.
- August 8, 2004: 5,000th edit.
- September 7, 2004: Promoted to administrator.
- September 11, 2004: 7,500th edit.
- November 1, 2004: 10,000th edit.
- February 24, 2005: 12,500th edit.
- May 18, 2005: 15,000th edit.
- June 25, 2005: Switched account names to Mike Halterman.
- July 20, 2005: 17,500th edit.
- December 25, 2005: 20,000th edit.
- September 15, 2006: 25,000th edit.
- October 24, 2007: 30,000th edit.
- December 21, 2008: 35,000th edit.
- July 5, 2009: 37,500th edit.
Here are some language skills I have.