WJZ Investigator Mike Hellgren came to WJZ in the spring of 2004 from KARK-TV, an NBC affiliate station in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he worked as a general assignment reporter and 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.

Latest From Mike Hellgren

Vaccinations For Younger Children Could Be Approved Next Month; The Latest On Outbreaks In Maryland Schools As 7 Children HospitalizedRight now, seven children in Maryland are hospitalized with Covid-19 including three in intensive care, and the push is on to vaccinate more adolescents aged 12 and older.
Jonathan & Diana Toebbe Plead Not Guilty To Espionage ChargesA U.S. Navy nuclear engineer from Annapolis will remain in custody while awaiting trial on espionage charges, but a federal judge has yet to determine if that should be the case for his wife.
FDA Expected To Approve J&J, Moderna Covid Booster Shots, ‘Mix and Match’ DosesThe FDA is expected to give the green light this week to booster shots for those already vaccinated with Moderna and Johnson and Johnson—a huge step in protecting against breakthrough infections and waning immunity.
Baltimore City Sued After Blocking Conservative Catholic Group’s Location For Rally Featuring Steve Bannon, Milo Yiannopoulos Out Of Concerns Over ViolenceWhen Catholic bishops from around the country gather again in Baltimore in November, a conservative Catholic media group wants to make their voices heard on the church’s sexual abuse scandal.
‘We Really See A Crisis’ Top Maryland Educators Alarmed Over Looming Teacher Shortage Exacerbated By Covid PandemicCheryl Bost, a veteran educator and the head of Maryland’s teachers’ union, the Maryland State Education Association, told WJZ every school system in the state is having trouble filling positions, and the pandemic has sent those shortages into overdrive.