Rene Michael "Mike" Baños has been covering news events in the southern Philippine cities of Zamboanga and Cagayan de Oro for over twenty years. He has been involved in print, broadcast and now Internet media.
He owns and is the content provider for kagay-an.com, an online news website for Cagayan de Oro, and has a news blog in The American Chronicle, a US news blog syndicated in 21 US cities. He was cited as "Tourism Writer of the Year" for the Department of Tourism Region 10's "Kaabag Award for Tourism Journalists" in 2006 and 2007. He is affiliated with the Peace and Conflict Journalism Network and was its Northern Mindanao Coordinator for 2007-2008. He is married to Gardenia Ramos-Baños, a feature writer and romance novelist with whom he has three sons.