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.

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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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Parents Of Kids With Autism Protest Abuses Reported In Harford County School

There are calls for action in Harford County, where parents of autistic children rallied in front of school headquarters. Their protest follows classroom abuse first exposed by the Maryland Disability Law Center.


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Maryland Live Casino Announces Expansion Plans

Betting on the future. Maryland’s highest-grossing casino will get bigger with a massive new hotel, more restaurants and a conference space. It’s trying to stay ahead of the coming MGM gaming complex coming to the Inner Harbor.


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Officers In Freddie Gray Case Arguing Police Transport Policy

New developments in the Freddie Gray case. Several of the officers want charges thrown out, claiming there’s nothing criminal about failing to put seat belts on inmates in vans.


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Outrage Growing Over Alleged Abuse Of Autistic Students In Harford County

A new call for action. Outrage is growing after WJZ detailed allegations of abuse involving autistic students at a Harford County elementary school.


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Special Education Staffers Accused Of Abusive Practices

An investigation found staff sprayed young special education students with water and threatened them with a rolling pin at a Harford County elementary school.



Police Continue To Search For Suspect Who Shot 9-Year-Old Girl

Police are still looking for the person who shot a nine-year-old girl and killed the man taking care of her. The crime has sparked outrage across Baltimore.


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Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake Announces She Won’t Seek Re-Election

City Hall stunner. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has announced she will not seek re-election. The mayor says her decision is in the best interest of the city she loves.


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Judge: Freddie Gray Trials To Stay In Baltimore

Staying in Baltimore. The officers charged in Freddie Gray’s death will face trial here.


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$6.4 Million Freddie Gray Settlement Unanimously Approved By BOE

The $6.4 million settlement between the city of Baltimore and the family of Freddie Gray was unanimously approved Wednesday morning by the city’s Board of Estimates.


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Ex-Bishop Who Fatally Struck Cyclist Pleads Guilty To Manslaughter

She was the first female Episcopal bishop in the state of Maryland. Now Heather Cook pleads guilty in the drunken driving accident that left a cyclist and father dead.


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Security Heightened At Courthouse As Freddie Gray Hearings Set To Begin

The national spotlight will be back on Baltimore Wednesday, as a judge hears critical arguments that will impact the fate of six police officers. They’ll soon be on trial for the death of Freddie Gray.




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