Correspondent • Journalist •Filmmaker • Director.
In Mikey's first chapter, he spent 20 years flying and operating assault helicopters, often in support of special forces, as well as strategic planning, in Her Majesty's Royal Air Force, serving on operational flying tours in Kosovo, Macedonia, Bosnia and Iraq, as well as strategy and diplomacy tours in Afghanistan, Sumatra (post-tsunami), India and Africa. He quickly rose to Senior Officer status and spent his final years before military retirement as a military advisor within the UK's Ministry of Defence. He left the British military with a Master’s degree from Kings College in War Studies.
In his second career as a correspondent and filmmaker, Mikey has covered in-depth, national security and aviation, medical, mental health, political, conservation, religious, and energy-based stories broadcast on the BBC, CNN, ABC News, MSNBC, National Geographic, History Channel, Travel Channel, and Vogue. He is an accomplished correspondent, host, camera operator, writer and editor. He can operate as a correspondent or with a camera - even at high altitudes, being an experienced mountaineer, or sub-surface, being a qualified SCUBA diver.
In the last few years he has filmed in Iraq, Siberia, South Africa, Peru, Nicaragua, Namibia, Vietnam, Columbia, Japan, Kenya, Ethiopia, China, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, Lebanon, Kyrgyzstan, Europe, and the United States including Alaska.
His latest film for the BBC is 'My Autistic Big Brother & Me', which he filmed and directed in the mountains of North Wales and spent 4 years writing and editing the initial 60-minute version. The 40-minute version aired on the BBC and BBC iPlayer in 2019.
Mikey has been very busy during the world Covid 19 pandemic. Mikey spent most of the last two years on the road, telling real stories of the social impact of the disease on people and communities, for GE Healthcare.
A summary of the films is listed below. You can view the actual episodes if you go onto www.mikeykay.com
GE HEALTHCARE On The Frontlines U.S. (Season 1) April 15, 2020
A 42-part Season One, documenting 42 stories in 42 days - of courage, innovation, compassion and science, as COVID_19 consumed the U.S and the world. Self-isolating in an RV, Mikey drove 5000km from Wisconsin to Florida and back as states were closing down, and laterally as some, like Georgia and Florida, started to open again. In parallel, he was harvesting stories from as far as Wuhan in China, to Vietnam and Brazil.
GE HEALTHCARE - On The Frontlines -EUROPE (Season 2) June 1, 2020
Season Two: 'A Tale of Two Worlds,' Mikey travelled to Europe to take a deep dive into how countries were preparing for a second wave, while trying to reenergize their economies. He started his journey in the tech capital of Europe, Helsinki, routed through the Lombardy region in N.W Italy, the original European epi-center of COVID_19 to spend time with intensivists, ambulance drivers, OBGYNs, and Cardiologists, before heading to Paris, to look at how AI is being developed with CT, Breast Screening clinics, and more.
GE HEALTHCARE - On The Frontlines - INDIA (Season 3) September 15, 2020
Season Three: Just before India's fight with COVID intensified to catastrophic levels, he travelled around the largest democracy in the world, on a Royal Enfield motorbike, looking at how India is trying to improve access to healthcare for its 1.3Bn population. From innovation in Bangalore to the frontlines of Jaipur, Nagpur and Delhi, this was truly an investigative journey of a lifetime.
GE HEALTHCARE - On The Frontlines - SILICON VALLEY (Season 4) April 2021
Season Four: took him to Silicon Valley and Wisconsin, again on two wheels but this time by bike, to investigate how AI and leveraging data is shaping the healthcare industry.
GE HEALTHCARE - VScan Air Launch - INDIA, NORWAY & USA - November 2020
The Vscan Air Launch was a pioneering idea by the GE Healthcare Handheld Ultrasound Team, to field their new mobile, cordless, dual probe and smart phone compatible imaging product. Utilizing the style of storytelling from On The Frontlines, Mikey travelled across the globe talking to the major innovators and scientists at the heart of the Vscan's design.
GE HEALTHCARE - Deep Silicon Detectors – SWEDEN - November 2020
Mikey travelled across Stockholm and the rest of Sweden to look at GE Healthcare's new investment in Deep Silicon detector technology for photon-counting computed tomography (PCCT).