Mike Hellgren

Hellgren Mike175x131 (2)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

Former Episcopal bishop, Heather Cook, pleaded guilty to manslaughter, drunken driving and leaving the scene at which she killed a cyclist.

Sentence For Heather Cook Spotlights How Drunk Driving Cases Are Treated

Bishop Heather Cook’s jail sentence for drunk driving put a spotlight on how those cares are treated in the courts. Are the laws—and the judges—too lenient? Or are high-profile cases changing enforcement?


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Bishop Heather Cook Gets 7 Years In Drunk-Driving Death Of Cyclist

Former Episcopal Bishop Heather Cook is heading to jail. The former top religious leader in Baltimore is sentenced to seven years for killing a cyclist in Roland Park while texting and driving drunk.


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Man Facing Federal Arson Charges From Riots Pleads Not Guilty

A teenager accused of setting a police car on fire and causing an explosion in the Penn-North neighborhood has pleaded not guilty to federal arson charges.


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Baltimore Housing Commissioner Silent Amid Growing Outrage

Prosecutors have now launched a criminal investigation into a sex for maintenance scandal in Baltimore public housing. Still, the man in charge remains silent, as the outrage grows.


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Defense Wants Freddie Gray Trial Jurors To Be Sequestered

The eyes of the world will be on Baltimore next month as the first officer charged in Freddie Gray’s death goes on trial. But how much contact should the jurors have with the outside world?


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Rite Aid Damaged In Riot Reopening Tuesday

A sign of rebirth in one Baltimore City community. A pharmacy looted and heavily damaged during the Baltimore riots reopens. It’s something nearby residents desperately need.


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Protestors Downtown After Confirmation Of City Police Comm. Kevin Davis

New leadership. Activists demand action at City Hall, as the council votes to make Kevin Davis Baltimore’s permanent police commissioner.


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Justice Department: Man Billed As Terrorism Expert A Fraud

Concern over a government security breach. The Justice Department says a cable news commentator from Annapolis who claimed to be a CI agent is really a fraud.


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Confederate License Plates Soon To Be History On Md. Highways

Controversial Confederate flag license plates will soon be off Maryland roads. After an almost 20-year battle, a landmark court decision now allows the state to recall them.



Police Disband Sit-In At Baltimore City Hall, 16 Arrests Made

WJZ continues to follow developments in a nearly ten-hour protest at City Hall. Several of the 16 arrested remain in jail. The commissioner is defending his department’s actions.


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All Statements By Officers In Freddie Gray Trial Admissible

All six officers charged in the Freddie Gray case appear in court for another round of critical pretrial motions hearings, with the judge already making several key rulings.


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Survivor Recounts Moments Before Howard Co. Explosion

Cleanup is underway as authorities work to get to the bottom of what caused a gas leak and explosion in Howard County.




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