WJZ general assignment reporter Mike Hellgren came to Maryland’s News Station in the spring of 2004 from KARK-TV, an NBC affiliate station in Little Rock, Arkansas where he worked as a general assignment reporter, as well as fill-in anchor. Solid reporting credentials and a reputation for breaking important news stories characterized Mike’s work both there and at KTAL-TV, another NBC station in Shreveport, La. where he also was a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor.
He also worked as a reporter/producer/photographer for KLAX-TV, an ABC station in Alexandria, La. and started his career in broadcast journalism with a cable news program called First Edition News in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Mike holds a B.S. degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and grew up partly in Chicago and partly in Louisiana.
More Stories by Mike Hellgren
O’Reilly vs. O’Malley. The governor is taking heat from the cable news host because of corruption in Maryland jails—and both men are fighting back.
The Annapolis District Court Judge told the Maryland lawmaker he made a bad decision and has to accept the consequences. Now Delegate Don Dwyer is appealing, meaning his jail sentence is on hold.
A Maryland politician says he’s reached a deal with prosecutors over a drunken boating accident. He says he’s sorry—but is that enough?
Former Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold wants to set the record straight about his record. He’s upset over criticism from the woman who replaced him following his fall from grace.
New evidence reveals the corruption in Maryland correctional facilities goes far beyond the city detention center, and outraged lawmakers are calling for it to end.
A new call to action. Some lawmakers are pressing for reforms after stunning revelations about corrupt correctional officers at the Baltimore City Detention Center.
Wild parties in Salisbury brought a massive police response. Police say some people that those parties chucked beer cans at them—and that’s not all.
Hundreds of people showed up for house parties in Salisbury and chaos followed. Beer cans were thrown at police—and that’s not all.
The stunning level of corruption inside the Baltimore City Detention Center is nothing new. In 2007, an inmate using a smuggled phone put out a hit on a witness. And now, his mother wants action to fix a system she believes is still broken.
A mystery in Maryland remains unsolved. The death of a woman whose body was discovered in the Chesapeake Bay still haunts her family and puzzles police.
City jail scandal. The pressure is not letting up on the governor or top managers in charge of Maryland’s correction facilities. There are renewed calls for the state’s prison chief to step down.
Governor Martin O’Malley is under fire for his response to the jail corruption scandal. He praised his administration’s handling of the problem as more top leaders pushed for action and answers.
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