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.
A major address on Ferguson, Missouri, today, from St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley: “I want to apologize to this community. This happened on my watch, and I take it very seriously.”
Centene Corporation has announced plans to build a claims processing center in Ferguson, in the wake of weeks of unrest following the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
The Delmar Loop is about a week away from getting a grocery store, a 24-hour peacock-themed diner by Joe Edwards and more apartments as part of an $80 million Washington University development.
Joe Kelly’s trade to the Boston Red Sox was just as much a shock to him as it was to Cardinal Nation.
Uber, the highly anticipated, app-based ride service, got most — but not all — of what it wanted from the Metropolitan Taxicab Commission.
Each candidate was given one minute to respond to a question from the League of Women Voters moderator.
Every challenger promised to do some form of audit of county government.
More than 200 developers came here from coast to coast — from California to Chicago — with hopes to cash-in the $50,000 prize at the first GlobalHack.
The Kickstarter for the Synek System rasied $300,000 in the blink of an eye.
County health department says all swimmers should take a shower immediately before entering a public pool