2013 marks Mike Garrigan's 21st year in a television newsroom, and his 10th year at 23 WIFR.
2013 marks Mike Garrigan's 21st year in a television newsroom, and his 10th year at 23 WIFR. After 4 years as the station's Sports Director. Mike made the move to the News Anchor desk in January of 2007 and has been in your homes at 5,6 and 10 ever since.
After majoring in Broadcast Journalism at UW-Whitewater, Mike started his career behind the camera as a Sports Producer at WITI in Milwaukee. He also spent time as a morning news producer and on the weekend news assignment desk at WITI. Mike began his on-air experience at Jones Intercable in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He then spent nearly five years at WJFW in Rhinelander, Wisconsin before coming to Rockford for good in 1999.
Mike has been at WREX-TV, WROK radio, and has served as the Media Relations Director and voice of the CBA's Rockford Lightning. He is now very happy to be at WIFR with the most energetic news team in the market.
In his 12 years as a Sports Director Mike has run the Olympic Torch, covered NFC Championship Games, and conducted a one on one interview with Tiger Woods. Since moving to news, Mike has had to have the opportunity to have one on one interviews with Politicians like Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Dick Durbin, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker as well as all the local state legislator in his numerous trips to Springfield. Mike also jumps at the chance to go out in Rockford to cover stories involving the residents. He also loves emceeing local events and getting to meet as many people in the Stateline as he can.
Mike was born in San Gabriel, California but grew up in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He's been spending time in the Rockford community from as far back as 1989. Mike has won Illinois statewide awards from the Illinois Broadcasters Association and the Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association. He also won a statewide award in Wisconsin for his profile of Brad Gasparri, a ten-year-old boy who died from Muscular Dystrophy.
Mike has hosted four Jerry Lewis MDA telethon as well as two Arthritis Foundation telethons in his career.
Mike enjoys spending as much time as possible with his family. Mike's wife Kirsten is a Hononegah alum who played on the Indians first ever Super-Sectional basketball team (1987) in school history. The couple got married at Rockton's Old Stone Church in 1993. Mike and Kirsten have four children: Keenan (Born in 1996), Kiah (1999), Larson (2003) and Braylon (2005).