Mike's innovative work with his iPhone has grabbed attention around the world, from professionals to professors, who want to know Mike's secret. In a broadcast television first, Mike shot an entire half hour special on his iPhone called Phoning it in. The show earned him the Edward R. Murrow award and two Emmy Awards. Mike has since followed up that groundbreaking show with a second Phoning it in. In both instances, Mike not only shot them entirely on his phone, but also acted as producer, writer, and editor. Mike feels passionate about storytelling and says doing it with an iPhone simply illustrates that engaging storytelling can be accomplished with proper planning and knowing the abilities and constraints of the camera.
Cameras change, editing tools evolve, but one of
the most important aspects of this business must never
change—good storytelling. My goal is to air stories with poignancy and often
humor, inspirational and unique stories. I like to call them snapshots
from the human condition.
I brought my brand of storytelling to KCBS in Los Angeles and WFAA-TV in Dallas for a combined 9 years.
We changed the landscape of storytelling in L.A., ending the 5pm
newscast everyday with Our Man Mike pieces. We certainly did the same
thing in Dallas. We also helped take WFAA's morning show to number one
with live reporting. I currently work
as a reporter on Dallas' WFAA newscast and digital products. In
addition, I recently set out to do something never before done in this
business- air a half hour program using only a 120 dollar pocket Flip
camera. My concept, writing, editing, and shooting, the first Open Mike, won 3
Emmy Awards. The most recent has just been nominated for 5 Emmy Awards (see below).
"Open Mike", a half-hour program produced, shot, edited, written, and hosted entirely by myself just received five 2013 EMMY nominations - this is the first segment:
I was in Seattle recently visiting friends and KING-5 News asked if I wouldn't mind reporting for a couple days while in town. Here is a day-turn story story we put together for them:
The First Multi-Emmy Award winning "Open Mike" Series