Mike Carter-Conneen is an Emmy Award winning reporter who joined ABC7/WJLA-TV in June 2008. Mike won an Emmy for his work as a multimedia journalist in 2014. He also won an Associated Press Broadcasters Association Award for video journalism in 2016. Passionate about photography, this "MMJ" shoots and edits his own reports. He also frequently serves as an anchor on WJLA 24/7 News.
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 buffalo mascot "Chip” 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 Inaugurations of President Barack Obama and Donald Trump, Congressional activity during the 2013 federal government shutdown and consequential U.S. Supreme Court rulings on the Affordable Care Act and marriage rights for gay couples.
Mike has also covered many breaking news events, weather emergencies and natural disasters: blizzards, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires and earthquakes. 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 profiling 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 grew up in 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.
Mike is a proud supporter of Special Love (providing support to pediatric cancer patients and their families) and the Trevor Project (providing crisis counseling and suicide prevention services to LGBT youth).
Mike, his husband Torey and their daughter live in Takoma Park, Maryland.