An Emmy Award-winning journalist, Michael anchors our Weekend Daybreak shows alongside Maria Genero. He also reports for Channel 2 News Tonight at 11 during the week.
Michael is from a small town in West Virginia. He attended Marshall University (GO HERD!) on the prestigious Yeager Scholarship. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with Honors, earning a degree in Broadcast Journalism.
Michael's first job was at the powerhouse NBC station, WSAZ-TV, where he started as a producer before becoming a reporter and finally weekend anchor.
His most memorable story there was interviewing then Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on the same day. Michael was the station's political reporter, so he interviewed dozens of national politicians during the 2008 campaign.
Michael moved to Buffalo just before the 2009 crash of Continental Flight 3407. It was the first story he covered for WGRZ in Western New York. In the couple of years that followed, he had the privilege of reporting on the families' multiple journeys to Washington, D.C. where they fought for better airline regulation to prevent another tragedy.
In July 2012, Michael reported from Aurora, Colorado, where a gunman killed 12 people and hurt dozens of others inside a movie theater. Michael did live reports for Gannett sister stations across the country. He also reported from Chardon, Ohio after the school shooting there, from Little Rock, Arkansas following a hurricane, and from Washington, D.C. during "Snowmageddon" in 2010.
Michael and Photojournalist Terry Belke won an Emmy Award for their story about hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
Michael lives in Buffalo. He's a Bills fan as long as they aren't playing the Redskins! He's a Sabres fan, too! Michael loves WNY summers and traveling this beautiful region.
If you have a story idea, contact Michael at Michael.Wooten@wgrz.com, follow him on Twitter @wgrzmichael, and his Facebook is facebook.com/michael.wootenwgrz