Mike Bowersock joined the NBC4 staff as an investigative/special projects reporter in August 2004. He also hosts the special program NBC4 Stories.
Mike returns to WCMH-TV after working at the station from 1989 to 1994. He came back to Columbus after spending the past two years as a reporter for WXYZ-TV in Detroit. He also worked at WWJ/WKBD-TV in Detroit from 1994 to 2002.
Mike has been honored with four Emmys, five awards from The Associated Press, two from the Society of Professional Journalists, and one each from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, the Detroit-Windsor Metropolitan Christian Council and the Detroit Free Press. He was named the Best Street Reporter by the Free Press in 2000.
He said the most memorable event he covered was the Gulf War. While at NBC4, Mike and photojournalist Ronnie Clark entered Kuwait at the end of the war.
"Hardly a week passes that I still don't think about it," he said.
In February 2011 Mike and photojournalist Andrew Banks were embedded with an Ohio National Guard unit in Afghanistan. They highlighted the efforts of the unit in charge of clearing the routes in Paktika Province near the Pakistan border.
Mike received a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from The Ohio State University. He recently earned his MBA at Franklin University.
He currently lives in Dublin with his wife and four children.
Mike currently serves on the Franklin University MBA Advisory Board, as the group is rebuilding their MBA program from the ground up.
Mike also volunteers with the Dublin Food Bank and serves as chairman of Dublin's Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration.
Mike said he has wanted to work in the TV industry since he was 6 and that he can't imagine working in any other field.
He said his first job was working for his father at his garage/Sohio station in Lima.
"I started working for him when I was about 10, and was working on cars by age 12," Mike said.
Food: Anything I make and take a long time to do it ... gourmet stuff
Movies: Godfather, Godfather II, It's A Wonderful Life
Books: A Prayer For Owen Meany, by John Irving
Music: Johnny Cash, Neil Young, The Clash
Hobbies: Running, guitar, raising my four kids with my wife
Sports: Cross-country skiing
Travel destination: Florida -- every late winter/early spring
Ohio/Central Ohio place: Cedar Point and Indian Lake
NBC show: Today Show
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