Michael is an award-winning reporter with a passion for storytelling. Though he’s sometimes lucky enough to work with one of KWWL’s many talented photographers, most nights he’s solo in the field with his laptop and camera. Sometimes, he even runs his own satellite truck. He’s also comfortable with Teradek, LiveU and Dejero units.
In 2013, he was honored by the Iowa Broadcast News Association with the first place award in their ‘General Reporting, Large Market’ division for his coverage of the pediatric marijuana debate in Iowa.
In May of 2014, he was sent cross country to Utica, NY to follow an Eastern Iowa family on the Ride for Missing and Exploited Children. There, he and Ron Steele filed live reports for a week.
Michael also helped lead the KWWL newsroom in transitioning to a completely new Avid system. This included training users, trouble-shooting issues, designing editing best-practice documents, and even presenting those practices to the Quincy News Directors.
Prior to KWWL, Michael studied English and journalism at Luther College. He was the editor of the student-run paper, Chips. He also wrote for USA Today and worked as a video stringer for KWWL.
Focus: I thrive under pressure, and I’m great at problem-solving in the field. I bring original story ideas to the table every day, and I consistently turn emotionally compelling stories on deadline, no matter where that story is happening.