Mike Carter-Conneen brings to Spitfire 15 years of TV news experience and media relations expertise. This award-winning journalist is eager to make his mark in strategic communications while helping social change organizations make a difference.
With his background in broadcast journalism, Mike excels at managing tight deadlines and high-profile projects. He is passionate about photography, videography, storytelling and sharing unique content on social media.
Mike arrived to Spitfire after 10 years as a reporter and anchor at WJLA-TV (ABC7 News) in Washington, D.C. There, he served as a multimedia journalist, shooting and editing his own video reports and covering local controversies, statewide legislation, national politics and protests. He developed a deep knowledge of the regional and national media landscape. His work was also honored with an Emmy Award and an Associated Press Broadcasters Association Award.
Mike reported live in the field on the Inaugurations of Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump, gave hourly updates on Congressional activity during the 2013 federal government shutdown and provided breaking news coverage of consequential U.S. Supreme Court rulings on the Affordable Care Act and marriage rights for same-sex couples.
Before ABC7, Mike had stints at KUSA-TV in Denver, KXRM-TV in Colorado Springs and KNAZ-TV/KPNX-TV in Flagstaff/Phoenix. He covered a wide variety of stories in each market. Career highlights included skydiving with the U.S. Army Golden Knights 13,000 feet above the Joint Base Andrews Air Show and traveling to the Philippines for a two-week special assignment profiling the non-profit organization International Surgical Missions. He covered multiple hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, earthquakes and blizzards. He was even celebrated for his coverage of Dupont Circle snowball fights; one of his live shots went viral after he was pummeled by a barrage of snowballs.
Mike is a proud member of the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) and the Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA).
Mike graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast news. During his college years, he served as CU’s costumed buffalo mascot “Chip.”