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.
On this week’s show, Michael and Travis meet with various entrepreneurs about tech start-ups among other topics.
The do-it-yourself workshop and fabrication studio will let inventors and entrepreneurs make their ideas into reality
Coders from across the country will descend on Ferguson next month.
The massive Railway Exchange building has been empty since Macy’s closed last year.
The firm’s list of investments is like a who’s who of Silicon Valley success stories, starting with Google, but also including PayPal, Dropbox, LendingClub and Zoosk.
The technology examines how basketball players move up the court to dissect out how plays are executed. A St. Louis start-ups thinks it could help predict shopping patterns too.
CafePress, now a large apparel company, started in California in 1999, although today co-founder says it could’ve easily started in St. Louis
The alumni were introduced to the founders of 21 local start-ups, ranging from bio-science research companies to a video game software firm.
Passengers on Southwest Airlines’ inaugural non-stop flight to San Francisco heard pitches from five of St. Louis’ most promising start-ups, then cheered for which they’d rather invest in.
To celebrate, leaders from 21 St. Louis-based tech and biotech start-ups are filling the inaugural flight (WN2111) at 5:40 p.m. Tuesday.