Mike Jacobs is the longest serving TV news anchor in
Mike has won a series of prestigious journalism awards. In 2005, 2006, and 2007, Mike was named "Television Journalist of the Year" by the Milwaukee Press Club. He has also won a Peabody Award -- the broadcast equivalent of a Pulitzer -- for "Who's Behind the Wheel," his investigative series on checkered driving records of school bus drivers. The Chicago/Midwest Regional Chapter of the Emmy Awards honored Mike with its Silver Circle Award in 2008, the equivalent of a lifetime achievement award. In addition, Mike has won two Emmy Awards and numerous state and regional journalism awards.
Even after over thirty memorable years in the business, Mike shows no signs of boredom. "I think I have one of the best jobs in
Mike likes to tell people he's been delivering the news since he was 12 years old, which technically is true. He started delivering newspapers (The Des Moines Register) when he was in the 6th grade. He vividly remembers reading the paper in his dad's chair after his route every morning, sparking an early interest in news.
He was also fascinated by radio. Mike's memories of working at a tiny radio station in
Mike started college on a football scholarship at the
In 1973 following graduation, the company offered him a part-time job, which eventually led to his first full-time TV reporting gig. A couple of years later, Mike moved to
Mike's other interests include his family and soccer. He and his wife, Linda, have two grown children, daughter Kelly, and son, Matt.