In December 2005, A&E Biography named Michael Essany to its celebrated list of “America’s Most Remarkable People.” For Essany, a bestselling author, businessman, entrepreneur, and acclaimed television host and producer, this achievement came after years spent in the company of other distinguished notables.
Essany, a 2005 honors graduate of Valparaiso University (magna cum laude), has appeared on The Tonight Show, Oprah, CNN, NBC’s Today, CBS News, FOX News, Extra, and Access Hollywood. He hosted the award winning series “The Michael Essany Show” for seven years, best known for two seasons on E! Entertainment Television.
Michael’s work has been profiled on numerous occasions in Time, Newsweek, People, TV Guide, Entertainment Weekly, Maxim, US Weekly, Details, In Touch, and every major newspaper in the United States.
In 2008, Essany authored his first bestselling book Reality Check (Focal Press), which delves into the production and marketing of commercial television projects. That same year, Essany became a member of the Chicago Board of Trade and was hired as Vice President of Indiana Grain Company (a commodities trading firm), where he also planned and directed the company's social media strategy. CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, and the BBC have chronicled IGC's groundbreaking achievements with social media throughout the financial industry.
Through it all, Michael has remained a regular contributor and columnist for some of the largest and most respected business, financial, marketing, and entertainment publications and blogs in the world. In September 2012, he was tapped to host Chicago's first original late night talk show airing weeknights at 10:30 pm on WJYS, reaching millions of viewers across the Midwest.
Michael, his wife, and their two-year-old daughter reside just outside of Chicago, Illinois.