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Mike is a native Californian, born in Los Angeles. But in the years just before Mike’s birth, his parents lived in Sacramento, made many friends here, and Mike spent a week of every summer as a child in Sacramento when the family would come to visit. He grew up on ice cream from Vic’s and Gunther’s and movies at the Crest and Tower.After his father died when he was 8, he and his mother moved to Bishop, in the Owens Valley, where members of his extended family have lived since 1920.
He began his career in radio in Bishop when he was 15 and worked in San Luis Obispo and Ukiah before leaving California for Reno, where he spent seven years, and transitioned from radio to TV.
After a 30-year career in TV news in Reno, Las Vegas and Phoenix, Mike returned to radio doing traffic reports for several western cities and national newscasts for the iHeartRadio app.
In 2013, he came home to California, and worked as Morning News Editor for KFBK in Sacramento. In 2014, Mike was one of the winners of the Bill Stout Memorial Award for Excellence in Spot News Radio and the Murrow Award for Breaking News Coverage. Over the next six years, he was promoted to Executive Producer, Managing Editor, Assistant News Director, News Director and Afternoon Co-Anchor.
Mike joined CapRadio in 2020 as interim anchor for both All Things Considered and Morning Edition and anchored special coverage of the 2020 election.
Mike has also been writing about cars since 1997 for outlets including the BBC and several AAA auto club magazines. Currently, his car reviews appear on his own website, MikeHagertyCars.com, and in the Los Altos Town Crier. Mike is Executive Vice President of Western Automotive Journalists, the guild for automotive writers in Northern California.
Mike’s passions include reading, writing, travel, history, nature, architecture, design, automobiles, politics, food, music, film, and theater.
Mike and his wife, Dr. Rhonda Hagerty, an educator, live in Folsom.
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August 31, 2023
Last week Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg made three announcements at separate panels dealing with music, homelessness, and affordable housing and public transportation. He spoke with CapRadio about those proposals and what’s next for him.
August 16, 2023
Hans Johnson, a Senior Fellow at PPIC, breaks down the numbers on California’s declining population and how that’s impacted the housing market and availability of new homes.
August 15, 2023
Underserved Sacramento-area neighborhoods are the focus of a Sac State project researching the link between air quality and health.
August 14, 2023
Gov. Newsom deployed California Urban Search & Rescue Task Forces to aid in the recovery of a deadly wildfire in Maui which has killed more than 90 people.
June 26, 2023
Meteorologists with the National Weather Service say the region will see its first 100-degree day on Friday. Officials also warn of “major heat risk” this weekend.
May 24, 2023
Congressman Josh Harder, who represents the Stockton area and has been opposed to the Delta tunnels project for five years, is speaking out against the governor's move.
April 13, 2023
A rise in zooplankton, which eat algae and other sediment, led to a 10-foot increase in clarity over the past year. But researchers say it's unlikely to last.
April 3, 2023
CapRadio spoke with Leia Schenk, founder of Empact, a group that works with families of victims of gun violence and crisis. Empact is working with families to remember those who died on April 3, 2022.
March 22, 2023
A California assembly member says some petition circulators misrepresent who they work for and what their petitions would do. He’s introducing a bill he says would require more transparency during the signature collection process.
March 14, 2023
The Sacramento Valley is under a flood watch through Wednesday morning after days of heavy rain. Power outages, felled trees and minor damage have also been reported in the region as the result of gusty winds.