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.
Mike produces, shoots, writes, and edits his stories. He also Tweets and regularly posts to Facebook. He’d love to hear from you!
Originally from Marysville, he was thrilled to move back to Central Ohio. He is committed to reporting stories that interest and impact the people in his hometown.
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 shooting at Virginia Tech University. Mike also covered some of the most high-profile court cases in recent Knoxville history, which included the convicted killers of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsome. While in Knoxville, his reports were featured on CNN. More recently, he has continued to do LIVE reports for HLN and FOX News.
Mike has won 11 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 Emmys for Video Journalist (2012-2013). The Ohio Associated Press named him Best TV Reporter (2012), and honored him with Best News Writing (2014) and Best Feature Reporting (2014). The National Press Photographers Association has recognized his work as among the best in the country and named Mike the runner-up Solo Video Journalist of Year (2014). He has earned recognition from the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists and Tennessee Associated Press.
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 WSYX & WTTE intern.
Mike is an amateur magician, an avid musical theater fan, and movie buff. He graduated as Salutatorian from Marysville High School in 2002.
He married his high school sweetheart. They now live in Hilliard with their two sons and two cats.