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About Mitchell SzczepanczykMitchell Szczepanczyk is a software developer, radio show host, TV producer, political activist, aspiring polyglot, degree-holding linguist, and game show aficionado. A son of Polish immigrants and a native of Michigan (USA), he makes his home in Chicago where he has lived since 1996.
Since 2000, Mitchell has worked as a professional software and website developer and is expert in a number of programming and scripting languages. In addition to his professional work, he volunteers technical and software development support for assorted political activist campaigns and organizations.
Mitchell has contributed to many media projects in print, web, television, and radio. His articles and letters have appeared in Z Magazine, Third Coast Press, Chicago's Conscious Choice magazine, and AREA Chicago. He frequently posts to the Chicago Independent Media Center ("Chicago Indymedia"), and contributes content to other websites. Since 2004, he has hosted the weekly public affairs show "The Ministry of Truth" on WHPK 88.5 FM radio in Chicago, and volunteered for six years at a community radio station in Michigan (the now-defunct WEHB 89.9 FM in Grand Rapids). He is also a producer and contributor for Chicago Indymedia's monthly TV series, "Chicago Independent Television", and also produces and contributes to Chicago Indymedia's monthly radio series, "From The Trenches".
Mitchell is also a political activist, and has been involved in groups working toward positive social change, particularly around media and political economy. As a longtime organizer with Chicago Media Action (CMA), Mitchell has worked on CMA campaigns around the Federal Communications Commission and corporate media concentration, public access television, public radio and television, community internet initiatives, network neutrality, and the U.S. digital television transition. In March 2009, Mitchell was the subject of a cover story in the Chicago Reader entitled "Who's Holding the Remote?" Mitchell is also a co-founder of and organizer with CAPES, the Chicago Area Participatory Economics Society, and has organized events with CAPES around the model of participatory economics.
Mitchell's first language is Polish, but is working to achieve adult fluency in Polish. He is also conversationally competent in ASL, American Sign Language, and is interested in improving his German, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese.
Mitchell is also a quiz and game show aficionado, having played quizbowl in college and graduate school. He writes and edits questions for NAQT, National Academic Quiz Tournaments, and also volunteers his time with the International Quizzing Association. In September 2007, he appeared as a contestant on the syndicated American version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. In September 2008, he was a member of America's Team on the syndicated TV show "Trivial Pursuit: America Plays".
Mitchell is a graduate of the University of Michigan (B.A., 1996) and he holds Master's degrees (M.A., 1998; M.S., 2003) in linguistics and computer science from the University of Chicago.