Mike joined the KBOI 2 team in April, 2008 from KREM-TV in Spokane where he co-anchored the morning and noon newscasts. Mike landed his first job in Coos Bay, Oregon in 1998 and has spent his entire professional career in the northwest with stops in Yakima, Tri-Cities and Spokane before settling in Idaho.
Mike has earned multiple 1st place awards for investigating reporting. His first year in Boise, Mike was honored by the Idaho Press Club for his report on MRSA in pork. He also received 1st place awards from both the Idaho Press Club and the Idaho State Broadcasters Association for his investigation into the Idaho Correctional Center. At KBOI 2, he's co-anchored Best Breaking News Coverage for the 2008 Amity Road Inferno, and Best Overall Newscast. Both were awarded by the Idaho State Broadcasters Association. KBOI 2News at 10 has received two Emmy nominations since Mike joined the team.
In 2009 Mike received an individual Emmy nomination for The Cost of Killing, an investigation into the financial burden to Idaho taxpayers when an inmate is sent to death row.
Mike is a native of the San Francisco bay area, growing up in San Mateo, California. He received his Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from UCLA and his Master of Arts in Radio and TV Broadcasting from San Francisco State University.
While in grad school for journalism, Mike was a substitute elementary school teacher for two years until a vicious pack of dodgeball-wielding second graders cemented his decision to go into broadcasting.
Mike is a huge 49ers and Giants fan, and was working in the newsroom the night the Giants clinched the World Series. It's safe to say he went nuts for about five minutes. | Watch Mike celebrate
In his off time Mike enjoys traveling, golf and softball. In the spring and fall he can also be spotted at the Simplot Sports Complex volunteering his time as a soccer referee.
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