Michels, correspondent and producer in the San Francisco
office of the NewsHour, began reporting
stories for the broadcast in 1983, while still anchor and
correspondent for KQED. A native of San Francisco, he graduated
from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public
and International Affairs in 1959 and then received his
master's from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.
Michels began his professional career as a reporter with
the Palo Alto Times, and then moved to KCRA in Sacramento.
In addition to general reporting, anchoring and producing,
he traveled around the world doing stories ranging from
the Vietnam War and the Israeli war with Egypt, to socialized
medicine in Scandinavia and bureaucracy in Italy. After
working on news and documentary programs at the public station,
KQED, for several years, he joined the NewsHour full time
in 1991. Since then, he has produced hundreds of 5 to 10
minute reports on all manner of issues, including health,
environment, science, politics, economics and arts. He has
won several Emmys and other awards.
He lives in Marin County with his wife, Roberta. They
have three grown children and three grandchildren.
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