Michael Harrold is an Englishman who has lived in China since 1994. He was employed initially at Xinhua News Agency. Since 1995, he has worked at CCTV. He has assisted in and advised on CCTVs coverage of numerous major events, including the Hong Kong and Macao handovers, the celebration of the new millennium, the aftermath of the Wenchuan earthquake, and various Party Congresses and other key meetings. A number of documentaries he has worked on at CCTV have been winners of international awards. He is now a senior contributor and advisor at CGTN.

He previously spent seven years in the DPRK, where he copy-edited English translations of the speeches of the countrys leaders, Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il.

He is a winner of the Chinese government's Friendship Award. He is the author of Comrades and Strangers: Behind the Closed Doors of North Korea.