Mike’s very first on air performance came at the ripe old age of 12, when he wrote, produced and starred in a his very own Easter family video. And after that, the home videos kept coming. They eventually helped lead him to a rewarding career in broadcasting in his home state of Nebraska.
“While I can credit some of those early home videos for my passion for television, I hope they never appear on a flat screen ever again”, Mike says with a smile.
Long before he hit the record button, Mike was refining his other craft, music. He’s a third generation trumpet player and former member of the Cornhusker Marching band. Mike is still involved in the music scene as a founding member of the local band, GroovePuppet.
A graduate of Omaha Central High School, Mike studied broadcasting at The University of Nebraska/Lincoln. His news career began in Lincoln at KOLN/KGIN as a member of the sports team. In 1999, Mike shifted gears and began covering local news as a general assignment reporter. He eventually ended up at KETV, where he was assigned to the Lincoln Bureau.
“I've spent over 15 years working television in Omaha, Lincoln and throughout Nebraska. I’ve built many great relationships with the people of my home state, and The MorningBlend allows me to get to know them on a more personal level! We also have a LOT of fun!”
In 2015 Mike was part of the "skunk prank seen around the world". An encounter with a skunk on a live MorningBlend segment created a laughable and viral moment. The segment is the MorningBlend's most ever viewed clip. It was picked up by national news networks and was shown in televisions markets from Seattle to San Antonio to Sydney, Australia.
Mike lives in Omaha with his wife Erin, daughters Sayler & Lilianna and son Greyson. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking Italian food and listening to live music. Mike is President of the Santa Lucia Italian Festival Committee and was named Nebraska's Italian/American of the year in 2013 by Sons of Italy . He is also co-owner of Best Card, a local credit card processing company.