When Michael was a kid, he used to sit on the floor of his Northwest Indiana home and pretend to be a radio DJ. His mother bought him a tape recorder for Christmas one year, and he'd record himself announcing songs and pretending to take requests from callers—whose voices he did himself. He also loved to draw—his favorite subject being Garfield.
Years later, it's no surprise that Michael makes a living writing and reporting news on public radio and TV. Michael served as the news director for Reno Public Radio, the NPR station in Reno, Nevada. Before that, he spent three years at KNPB, the PBS-TV station in Reno.
He spent the prior decade reporting for NPR stations in Texas, covering the so-called Western White House in Crawford, Texas, and having numerous pieces aired nationally on shows like All Things Considered.
It's also no surprise that Michael is still involved in creating visual art like graphic design, web design and photography. He spent two years designing pieces for a marketing firm and builds websites for hire on the side.
A native of the Chicago area, Michael Hagerty has a degree in journalism from Abilene Christian University.