Michael Yoshida is a general assignment reporter at Action News Jax.
He is an Emmy award winning journalist who loves meeting viewers and telling the stories that matter to you most. It’s that love of connecting with people and storytelling that led Michael into the journalism field. Michael joined Action News Jax from WDAZ News in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Working for his hometown station, WDAZ News, Michael had the opportunity to cover President Obama’s first visit to American Indian land, the Frozen Four Men’s Ice Hockey Championships in Philadelphia as well as interview some of country music’s biggest stars including a one-on-one interview with The Band Perry. Michael also had the honor of co-producing the final newscast for the longest running television journalist in North Dakota history, paying tribute to Terry Dullum’s 39 year career at WDAZ.
Michael worked as a WDAZ News Summer Intern before quickly climbing the ranks to become a full time reporter and fill-in news & sports anchor.
At WDAZ Michael excelled at covering important stories from shooting standoffs, stories with survivors of domestic violence, the rise in sex trafficking in North Dakota as well as sharing messages from women battling depression with the aim of breaking the stigma of mental illness.
Michael also produced a monthly feature series “Beyond the Lecture Hall” which highlighted student and faculty work outside of the classroom. That series included the stories of students born in war-torn Bosnia and Liberia who are now finding success in college.
Michael grew up in North Dakota enjoying the great outdoors, including riding and dog sledding. He attended Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut where he played on the Cardinals' football team, worked for the Wesleyan Media Project and spent time volunteering in Uganda and Alaska. Michael also co-founded a sports broadcasting program called WesPregame - a program that is now revolutionizing the way sports are covered and broadcast in the New England Small Athletic Conference.
Michael is happy to now call Jacksonville home. He is looking forward to the warmer weather and exploring the region.
Feel free to contact Michael with any story ideas or suggestions on places he should visit.
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