Mike Benner joined KGW NewsChannel 8 in April of 2008.
As a general assignment reporter at NewsChannel 8, Mike has covered a countless number of big stories. He reported on the disappearance of Kyron Horman, a story that got national attention. In early 2011, Mike was sent to Scottsdale, AZ to cover the Oregon Ducks in the National Championship game. While in Arizona, Mike was rushed to Tucson to cover the mass shooting at former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ town hall event. Mike said the tragedy was one of the toughest stories he has ever had to report.
Before moving to the Pacific Northwest, Mike worked as a general assignment reporter at WGBA-TV (NBC) in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Prior to that, Mike was an anchor and reporter at WJFW-TV (NBC) in Rhinelander, Wisconsin.
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Mike went to both elementary school and high school in his hometown. He graduated from Our Lady of the Pillar in 1996. More than a decade later, his grade school, along with the National Catholic Educational Association, awarded him the Distinguished Graduate Award. The annual honor is awarded to a person who best exemplifies the highest qualities of Catholic education and has rendered distinguished service to the Catholic Church and our country.
Mike graduated from DeSmet Jesuit High School in 2000. Four years later he graduated from Indiana University with a journalism degree. While in college, Mike dabbled not only in television, but also in radio, as he was both the News Director and Sports Director at the campus radio station, WIUS. One of his fondest memories is calling an NCAA tournament game between Indiana and Alabama on the famous parquet floor in Boston.
When he's not chasing down a story, Mike enjoys spending time with family and friends, keeping tabs on his beloved St. Louis sports teams, and trying new restaurants.
Though he misses St. Louis, and watching his two nephews grow up, Mike is more than excited to call the Rose City home.
If you have a story idea, do not hesitate to email Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org.