Spencer 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.
Spencer's Most Recent Stories
December 14, 2016
Singing, prancing and chasing an errant cat is an odd way to remember an American tragedy that happened just prior to the D-Day invasion of Normandy in 1944. But somehow the imported play “946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips” manages to tell a long-secret, 72-year-old tale with verve, music, humor and some pathos. Continue reading →
November 28, 2016
More than half a century after his joyous, optimistic trip to Princeton, free elections and free speech remain unfulfilled promises. Continue reading →
November 11, 2016
The failure of almost all the public opinion polls to correctly predict the winner provides an opportunity to look at an alternative method of polling that has worked in the past, and that I took part in as a graduate student in Columbia University half a century ago. Continue reading →
November 3, 2015
I’ve been covering California water issues a long time. As the years have gone by, the water wars have ebbed and flowed. Mostly flowed. Continue reading →
October 9, 2015
Why would we spend much time worrying about whether dogs are allowed to run off-leash in a national park on the far western coast of the U.S.? The story is a lesson in how government works, or doesn’t, depending on your point of view. Continue reading →