Mike Jackson is co-anchor of NBC4 Today with Mikaela Hunt weekdays from 4:26 to 7 a.m. He also anchors NBC4 Midday at noon.
He has worked at NBC4 since 1994. He has more than 30 years of broadcast experience, with his first job coming in his hometown of Charleston, WV at radio station WCHS-AM.
Mike’s first television position was at WOAY-TV in Oak Hill, WV, where he anchored the late evening news. He was also a sports reporter at WCHS-TV in Charleston, before working in Columbus the first time with the local ABC affiliate. Mike also served as operations manager and announcer for WBES-FM in Charleston, W.Va. News Director at WOAY-TV in Oak Hill, WV, and served as evening anchor at NewsChannel 8 in Washington, DC before he returned to Columbus.
Mike is a graduate of West Virginia State College with an Associate Arts degree in mass communication.
Mike proudly received a first-place award for reporting by the National Association of Black Journalists in 1993 in Washington, D.C. Other honors include four local Emmy nominations for reporting and two-second place awards for reporting by the Society of Professional Journalists. Mike says, it would be too hard to pick his most memorable story.
“I have covered every presidential race since I’ve been old enough to vote,” he said. “I enjoy covering what will soon become American history. I would like to think that after more than 30 years of broadcasting, the most memorable story is still waiting to be covered.” Mike said his first job was digging sewer lines and learning how raw sewage was treated in the summer during his high school years.
“It was interesting, but it encouraged me to study a little harder in school,” Mike said.
If he wasn’t working in the television industry, Mike said he would be searching for the perfect hiking trails in North America.
Mike works with the Better Business Bureau, with the Integrity Selection Committee and many fund raisers for the UNFC College Fund. He’s also a member of the Columbus Association of Black Journalists.
Food: Giant sea scallops in a light garlic butter sauce over the grill
Movies: Imitation of Life, Hoosiers, Double Indemnity
Book: I Had a Hammer, autobiography of Hank Aaron
Music: Earth, Wind and Fire boxed set and any smooth jazz
Hobbies: Growing vegetables and flowers in my garden from seeds; playing softball
Travel destination: The beaches of the Bahamas; a wooded, rugged camp site in West Virginia with a lake fully stocked with hungry bass
Ohio/Central Ohio place: See the camp site above and any available softball field
NBC show: The Olympic Games