Mike Conneen Reporter
Mike Conneen joined ABC7/WJLA-TV and News Channel 8 in June 2008. He currently serves as a general assignment reporter and anchor.
Before coming to our nation's capital, Mike worked at KNAZ/KPNX in Flagstaff/Phoenix, KXRM in Colorado Springs and KUSA in Denver. He graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a bachelor's degree in broadcast news. He also studied Spanish at the University of Seville.
Passionate about political news, Mike has been on the front lines of elections in the swing states: local, statewide and federal. Throughout his career, he has also covered many breaking news events, weather emergencies and natural disasters: blizzards, tornadoes and wildfires in the West, hurricanes and earthquakes in the East.
Some of his most notable assignments include the arrest of fugitive polygamist leader Warren Jeffs, the hostage crisis and shooting at Platte Canyon High School in Bailey, Colorado, the Ted Haggard sex scandal at New Life Church, the 2009 and 2013 Inaugurations of President Barack Obama, skydiving with the U.S. Army Golden Knights 13,000 feet above the Joint Base Andrews Air Show and a two-week special assignment in the Philippines (Northern Samar) with International Surgical Missions.
Mike hails from Colorado, but he often visited the Washington region as a youngster. His parents are natives of Baltimore. His late grandfather, John R. Cochran, Jr., served as Postmaster of Washington, D.C. in the 1980s. His family has also spent several summers in Bethany Beach and Ocean City.
Mike currently lives in Northwest Washington. He is a proud supporter of the Yellow Ribbon Fund (providing assistance to wounded warriors and their families) and the Trevor Project (providing crisis counseling and suicide prevention to LGBT youth). He is a member of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. In his free time, he enjoys traveling near and far, exploring local museums and spending time with his family and friends.
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