Veteran television journalist Jeff Michael is the co-anchor of CBS2 News at 5pm, 6pm and 11pm. Michael joined CBS in January of 2017 after anchoring and reporting for KTTV, Fox 11 for 18 years.
But if you remember watching Jeff even before that, you’re memory isn’t betraying you. Michael first became familiar to Los Angeles viewers in 1990, as a crime reporter for ABC7 Eyewitness News. During his eight years on the air at ABC, he won the first two of what would be many Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards. He was named Weekend Anchor at Ch. 7 before leaving for Fox.
Michael began his career at KRNV-TV in Reno. After a couple years he set out for the East Coast and landed in Richmond, Virginia where he anchored and reported for WRIC-TV. It was in Virginia that he got his first taste of hurricanes and politics, covering major Southeast storms and often traveling to Washington D.C. to report from the White House.
From Richmond, Michael headed to his first major news market—Miami, Florida. It was a time when the neon glow of TV’s Miami Vice was fading but the drug trade and racial tensions were still rising. Michael covered the 1989 race riots, countless drug busts and international stories that took him to Mexico and to Panama for the U.S. removal of Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega.
Over his more than three decades as a journalist, Michael has covered many other major national stories including the mass shooting in Aurora Colorado, the Oklahoma City Bombing, the Rodney King arrest and the Los Angeles Riots that followed the acquittal of the officers who arrested King. He followed O.J. Simpson on the infamous slow speed Bronco chase and covered the Simpson criminal trial.
A Sacramento native, Michael graduated from the University of California, Davis. When he isn’t working, he’s either on a ski slope or trying to learn a new tune on an old guitar.