Mike McCarthy is an Emmy award-winning multimedia journalist with ABC 6 & FOX 28 in Columbus, Ohio. His reports are featured weekdays on Good Day Columbus from 4:25am-10:00am, ABC 6 News at 12, 5, and 6, as well as FOX 28 News at 10:00. He joined the news team in March 2010 as a General Assignment Reporter.
While he reports on camera, Mike also regularly produces, shoots, writes, and edits his stories. All the videos on this website are examples of his work as a “one-man-band” reporter.
Originally from Marysville, he was thrilled to return home to Central Ohio. While at WSYX & WTTE, he has reported live for HLN and FOX News. Primarily, Mike is the chief morning reporter for Good Day Columbus. He consistently breaks exclusive stories and new details overnight ahead of the competition.
Prior to coming to Columbus, Mike spent three years working as a General Assignment Reporter for WVLT Volunteer TV (now Local 8 News) in Knoxville, TN.
He reported live for several days from the massacre at Virginia Tech University. Mike also covered the trials for multiple defendants in the Channon Christian & Christopher Newsom murder case, one of the most high-profile court cases in recent Knoxville history. While in Knoxville, his reports were featured on CNN.
Mike has won five Ohio Valley Regional Emmy Awards, in addition to more than a dozen other Emmy nominations. He was the first Ohio reporter ever honored with back-to-back annual Emmys for Video Journalist & Spot News (2012-2013). The Ohio Associated Press named him Best TV Reporter (2012) and also honored him with a Best Feature Reporting (2012) award. The National Press Photographers Association continually recognizes his work as among the best in the country in the NPPA Solo Video Journalist Quarterly Clip Contest. He has earned recognition from the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists and Tennessee Associated Press, including nominations for Best TV Reporter.
He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism in 2007, where he was named Outstanding Graduating Senior in Broadcast News.
Previously, he worked as an anchor, reporter, and producer at WOUB in Athens, Ohio. He also managed the production of the station’s in-depth series.His other broadcast experience includes an internship at NBC’s “Today.” He is also a former intern at ABC 6 On Your Side.
Mike is an amateur magician, an avid musical theater fan, and movie buff. He graduated as Salutatorian from Marysville High School in 2002.
Several years later, he married his high school sweetheart. They live in Dublin, Ohio with their son.