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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December 27, 2022
We can expect more storms the rest of this week and into the new year, with warm rain in the valleys and snow only at the highest Sierra Nevada elevations.
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December 12, 2022
Dr. Andrew Schwartz with UC Berkeley's Central Sierra Snow Laboratory said that while recent snowfall is encouraging, we may not know until this spring if it was enough to help reverse recent dry winters.
November 29, 2022
The storms, split by a short rest Friday, could bring significant rain to the Sacramento valley and snow to the Sierra Nevada. Mountain travel from Wednesday night through the weekend is likely to be hazardous and should be avoided, forecasters said.
August 15, 2022
The National Weather Service says we'll see six triple-digit days in a row — as many as there were in the entire month of June — with peak temperatures forecasted of possibly 108 degrees and a “Spare The Air” day on Tuesday.
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.
August 1, 2022
UC Davis' annual State of the Lake report on the health of Lake Tahoe has found massive changes since last year.
July 29, 2022
CapRadio spoke with Public Policy Institute of California president Mark Baldessare about the survey’s findings.
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.