Michelle Chantry is a native Californian, born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. She attended college at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and finished her undergraduate studies from San Diego State University. Chantry received additional finance and accounting certificates from UC San Diego, and received her MBA from Cal State San Marcos in San Diego county.

After working 11 years for a stainless steel tubing manufacturer in San Diego county, Chantry moved to Bakersfield to be closer to her family who now reside in Bakersfield.  Chantry joined the Californian in March of 2010.

Michelle and her fiancé, Steve Chantry, got married in the fall of 2012.