During his high school years, Michael produced several nationally award-winning video documentaries, including one on the extensive influence and history of KMOX Radio. He interviewed such notables as Bob Costas and Dan Dierdorf and Sen. John Danforth.
In September 2003, Michael joined the staff of KFRU-AM/Columbia as reporter and news anchor. While there, he was honored by the Missouri Broadcasters Association for his reporting on the controversy surrounding the naming of the University of Missouri’s new basketball arena — reporting which was also featured on the ABC Radio Network.
Michael came to KMOX in the fall of 2006. During his time in the newsroom, he’s covered such important stories as the death of Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock, historic flooding on the Mississippi and Meramec Rivers, two presidential elections, the sale of Anheuser-Busch and baseball’s 2009 All-Star Game and 2011 World Series.
In August and September of 2008, Michael spent a week embedded with Missouri National Guard soldiers in Louisiana during and after Hurricane Gustav. Ask him about riding in a Humvee and eating MREs (better yet, don’t).
His work during the Kirkwood city hall shootings informed not only KMOX listeners, but those tuned into radio networks such as CBS, CNN and the Missourinet. KMOX’s coverage of that tragedy was recognized both by the Missouri Broadcasters Association and with a national Edward R. Murrow award. The station’s continuing coverage of severe flooding also earned a national Murrow.
Michael was one of the first St. Louis-area journalists to embrace Twitter.
During his free time, Michael enjoys keeping up to date on local politics, playing the violin in a local orchestra and volunteering as an instructor for the American Red Cross and as a judge for the National History Day in Missouri’s documentary competition.
He’s a graduate of Parkway West High School, attended the University of Missouri in Columbia and has an undergraduate degree from Lindenwood University.
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For out-of-towners, it might seem like a daunting task given the national headlines from Ferguson.
Metro’s parent, the Bi-State Development Agency, is moving west to downtown’s Metropolitan Square building.
The K-mart which closed last year at Clarkson and Manchester Rds. will be replaced with Sports Authority, Michaels and Party City.
Natasha Bahrami hopes for continued quiet, although she says she’s still “hyperaware,” especially after reports that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson might not face any federal civil rights charges.
The task force appointed by Gov. Nixon to investigate stadium options for the St. Louis Rams will hold a news conference at noon today. Sources say the event will be at Union Station and officials will outline and show plans for a new stadium.
Start-up describes itself as ‘sabremetrics for lawyers.’
Ferguson protesters mobilized overnight to rebuild the memorial to Michael Brown, after a car ran over it.
On this week’s show, Michael and Travis meet with various entrepreneurs about tech start-ups among other topics.