Mike Brooks - Primetime News at Nine Anchor
There's no place like home. I've lived all over the U.S. and take it from me... this is God's country. I grew up in Stillwater, and graduated from Stillwater High School and OSU. But I'm not your typical journalist. I had a couple of careers in finance and accounting before the news bug bit. Now almost 2 decades (and 5 states) later, here I am once again living in this very special place.
I started my career at KTKA in Topeka, Kansas. First I was a reporter, then I did the weather on the morning show, and quickly became the morning anchor/producer. Then it was off to WLEX in Lexington, Kentucky. I really loved that town. Once again I started as a morning weather forecaster before moving to the anchor desk. We were #1 by a long shot and soon the news director asked me to work a split shift. This meant anchoring mornings and evenings. It was a tough schedule but I was working with some great people.
Orlando, Florida, called next. I was hired to launch a new morning show on WOFL called "Good Day Orlando." I loved the hours, the people, and the celebrities who would visit. Just ask me about Eartha Kitt. I have a great story. This is also where I was on the anchor desk during 9/11 for hours and hours.
After Orlando, I wanted to try evenings so I accepted a position at KGBT in South Texas just miles from the border. Living in the Rio Grande Valley was a blessing and I still keep in touch with the news crew there!
Atlanta was next location. I was hired to launch another morning show called "Better Mornings Atlanta" at the CBS affiliate. Once again, it was time to have fun and show some personality. This is also where I orchestrated "Cool Schools." This program allowed me to highlight the good things happening in local high schools. In all, I was able to do almost 250 stories on 45 high schools. Each Friday I'd fill the school gym with thousands of students at 4:30 a.m.
After Atlanta I left the business to focus on personal things. But I couldn't get away. A freelance opportunity at the Fox affiliate in Ft. Myers, Florida, allowed me to polish my skills and accept the job at KOKH in Oklahoma City.
Personally, Id like to tell you I have two amazing daughters. Julia and Monica bring more joy into my life than I can explain. I'm thankful to my whole family for their support and love as we moved all over the country so I could work in TV news.
That's me in a nutshell. I'm a huge car guy and proud to say that I've restored several cars including my dad's old MG Midget that I drive almost every day! If you see me on the streets give me a honk!