Mike Ray was born and raised in Black Hills. He graduated from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology with a degree in Geology. He spent almost 25 years crisscrossing western South Dakota as a public radio reporter, with a year sabbatical freelancing in Europe. In 2017 he returned to Mines where his job involves science communication and sharing the incredible research, stories, and achievements happening around the university. He loves his work and the Black Hills and Badlands area. He considers himself a student of the land and a student of all those who live here. He and his wife Andrea have a cat named Bruce Lee. In his free time Mike enjoys doing stupid things outdoors with friends.
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