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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3 Years Later, Police Still Searching For Vi Ripken’s Kidnapper

In 2012, Cal Ripken’s mother, Violet, was kidnapped from her home, before being found tied up in a car. Three years later, police have still made no arrests.


BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 27:  A Baltimore Police car destroyed by demonstrators sits in the street near the corner of Pennsylvania and North avenues during violent protests following the funeral of Freddie Gray April 27, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Gray, 25, who was arrested for possessing a switch blade knife April 12 outside the Gilmor Homes housing project on Baltimore's west side. According to his attorney, Gray died a week later in the hospital from a severe spinal cord injury he received while in police custody.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

New Audio, Video Details Eruption Of Baltimore Riots, Officer Response

There are new images of the frightening day Baltimore burned. People jumped on police cars, setting them on fire and officers were under attack. What could have prevented it?



Just-Released Radio Calls Show Cries For Help During Baltimore Riot

Sounds of chaos. WJZ has pored through hours of just-released radio transmissions that show just how bad conditions were for police as they tried to take control during the riots.


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Sunday Summer Haze Has Many Searching For Some Cool Relief

Summer was out in force this weekend with temperatures feeling as warm as 100 degrees.


CHATTANOOGA, TN - JULY 17: Members of the FBI Evidence Response Team investigate the shooting at the Armed Forces Career Center/National Guard Recruitment Office on July 17, 2015 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. According to reports, Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, 24, opened fire on the military recruiting station at the strip mall and then drove to an operational support center operated by the U.S. Navy more than seven miles away and killed four United States Marines there. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Tenn. Attacks Prompting Increased Security At Md. Recruiting Centers

The FBI is trying to piece together what motivated a 24-year-old man to go on a deadly rampage at a military reserve center in Chattanooga, Tennessee.



Baltimore Police Among Forces Paying Out More Money To Handle Misconduct Claims

The amount of money the nation’s largest police departments are paying to handle misconduct claims is surging.


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Man Charged With Murder In Lyon Sisters Cold Case

A mystery four decades old is finally closer to being solved. An imprisoned sex offender is now charged with murder.


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Victims’ Families Ask For Baltimore Violence To Stop

There’s a crackdown on crime amid a surge in violence and new arrests in one of Baltimore’s key crime prevention programs.


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Baltimore’s New Top Cop Debuts At 300 Men March

Hundreds march along North Avenue, rocked in recent months by violence and unrest. This comes at a pivotal point for the mayor, who just replaced the police commissioner and whose main rival, Sheila Dixon, was close at hand.


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If Not Davis, Who Else Will Want Commissioner’s Job Permanently?

It is among the most important jobs in the city, but just who wants to take on the challenge of leading Baltimore’s police force?


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Major Obstacles Ahead For Baltimore’s New Interim Commissioner

Police shake up. Kevin Davis is Baltimore’s new top cop after the mayor names him the interim commissioner.


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Baltimore On Alert This Weekend Against Threats From ISIS

From coast to coast, there are fears ISIS sympathizers could take aim on America this holiday weekend.