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.
California unemployment program too focused on fraud, failed to timely provide hundreds of millions of dollars, report finds
August 8, 2022
The state’s Employement Development Department and unemployment insurance program is too focused on rooting out fraud and minimizing business costs than providing people with timely benefits, according to the LAO report.
Lake Tahoe report suggests historic rise in algae and surging microplastics are reasons to take action
August 1, 2022
UC Davis' annual State of the Lake report on the health of Lake Tahoe has found massive changes since last year.
Biggest environmental issues facing California? Drought, wildfires and climate change, according to new PPIC survey.
July 29, 2022
CapRadio spoke with Public Policy Institute of California president Mark Baldessare about the survey’s findings.
Unsafe drinking water is a reality for nearly a million Californians, especially in Central Valley, new audit finds
July 28, 2022
A new state audit of the California Water Resources Control Board says 920,000 residents are at increased risk of liver and kidney problems, and even cancer, because they get water from systems that fail to meet standards for safe drinking water.
July 25, 2022
The Reno-Sparks-Carson City area reported unhealthy air quality Monday, but the Sacramento area residents may be able to breathe relatively easy for now.
Sacramento unemployment rate ticks upward, but region has recovered 100% of jobs lost during pandemic
July 25, 2022
Unemployment in all four counties in the region is below the pre-pandemic rate of 3.8%.
April 8, 2022
Unusually high temperatures, an extremely dry start to the year and strong winds will lead to high fire danger this weekend and the first red flag warning in April for the region. The warning runs from 5 a.m. Saturday through 5 p.m. Sunday.
April 4, 2022
Former Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn said he isn't surprised authorities have been slow to release details from Sunday's mass shooting. He hopes the long-term reaction to the shooting will avoid problems he's seen in the past.
January 30, 2022
In San Jose’s new gun ordinance, owners who carry a gun must have liability insurance and pay a fee. We spoke with the city’s mayor Sam Liccardo on the groundbreaking legislation.
January 9, 2022
Michael Ramsey prosecuted PG&E for the 2018 Camp Fire and will again now with the Dixie Fire. Cal Fire determined last week the utility was responsible for the 2021 fire, the second-largest in recorded California history.