Mike Barz is the morning anchor for Action News This Morning. It's been a long and winding road for Mike. A proud graduate of Indiana University, Mike got his start in the business in Los Angeles as an intern on the Jim Rome show, Talk 2 Live. From there, it was on to Chicago to work as a production assistant for the European Broadcast Union as the World Cup Games were played in the United States for the first time. That short stint lead to a job as a producer for Intersport Television in Chicago, producing shows for ESPN, CBS Sports, and a various other sports outlets.
His passion for storytelling led to his first on-air job for WHBF-TV in Rock Island, Illinois. There he honed his unique story telling skills as a reporter and morning anchor. Green Bay was the next stop for Mike, working as a feature reporter in a segment called "Barz Buzz" for the Fox affiliate there. His favorite memory was traveling Route 66 from the lakefront in Chicago to the Santa Monica pier, telling stories along the way as the Packers prepared for Super Bowl XXXII in San Diego. In 1998, Mike was hired by WGN-TV as their morning sports anchor, a show famous for its comedic bent. He received an Emmy in 2003 for his story of former Notre Dame star and NFL player "Motts" Tonelli and his survival of the Bataan Death March during World War II and the subsequent 42 months as a prisoner of war. In 2005, Mike was hired by Good Morning America as their Features Correspondent. He would later go on to serve as GMA's Weatherman after the departure of Tony Perkins. He had the honor of working alongside Diane Sawyer, Charlie Gibson and Robin Roberts while also traveling the country in Mike's American Adventures. The opportunity to return to the Midwest and be the main anchor for Good Day Chicago, led Mike back to the Windy City. That is where he met his wife Tera, a reporter/anchor for the same station.
In 2010, the chance to move closer to family, anchor with his wife, and live the "salt life," presented itself with a move to Jacksonville. Mike and Tera jumped at the chance and haven't regretted it since. When not anchoring Action News This Morning, you can see Mike and Tera out in the community hosting various charitable events. The warm climate has also reignited his passion for cycling.
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