Mike Carter-Conneen is an Emmy Award winning reporter who joined ABC7/WJLA-TV and News Channel 8 in June 2008. Mike won an Emmy in 2015 for his work as a multimedia journalist. Passionate about photography, this "MMJ" often shoots and edits his own reports without any assistance. He also frequently serves as an anchor.
Before coming to our nation's capital, Mike worked at KNAZ/KPNX in Flagstaff/Phoenix, KXRM in Colorado Springs and KUSA in Denver. He graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a bachelor's degree in broadcast news. He is a loyal Buffs fan; he even served as CU's costumed mascot "Chip the Buffalo" during his college years.
Always attracted to political news, Mike has spent his journalism career covering campaigns in the swing states and tracking notable local, statewide and federal races. He reported live in the field on the 2009 and 2013 Inaugurations of President Barack Obama, Congressional activity during the 2013 federal government shutdown and consequential U.S. Supreme Court rulings on healthcare reform and same-sex marriage rights.
Mike has also covered many breaking news events, weather emergencies and natural disasters: blizzards, tornadoes and wildfires in the west; blizzards, hurricanes and earthquakes in the east.
Some of Mike's most notable career moments include skydiving with the U.S. Army Golden Knights 13,000 feet above the Joint Base Andrews Air Show, covering the red carpet at the White House Correspondents Dinner, traveling to the Philippines for a two-week special assignment on the non-profit organization International Surgical Missions and becoming a viral video star after getting pelted with snowballs during a live report in Dupont Circle.
Mike hails from Colorado, but he often visited Washington as a youngster. His parents are natives of Baltimore. His late grandfather, John R. Cochran, Jr., served as Postmaster of Washington, D.C. in the 1980s. Over the years, his family enjoyed many summer vacations in Bethany Beach and Ocean City.
Mike is a proud supporter of the Yellow Ribbon Fund (providing assistance to wounded warriors and their families) and the Trevor Project (providing crisis counseling and suicide prevention to LGBT youth).
Mike and his husband Torey live in Northwest Washington.