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Michael Tilka

Sports Anchor/MMJ
Rockford, IL
Michael Tilka

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND RAISED: Bettendorf, Iowa/Quad Cities

WHAT COLLEGE DID YOU ATTEND AND WHAT WAS YOUR MAJOR: Indiana University-Bloomington, Media Major

WHY DID YOU GET INTO THE NEWS (OR SPORTS) BUSINESS/BECOME A JOURNALIST: I always had a passion for sports, the numbers and people that drive them, and all the ways that they can break convention and affect our lives

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT BEING A JOURNALIST: Getting to be the one to share the information with our audience (for instance: Miyah Brown is the first Girls Basketball player from Winnebago to ever go to a Division-I school, ain't that a fun fact!?)

WHAT IS THE ROLE OF A JOURNALIST AND A TELEVISION STATION IN OUR COMMUNITY: To provide the necessary information our community needs and to offer info that folks can't get anywhere else

WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO OUTSIDE OF WORK: Go on walks, spend time with friends and family, play video games, and of course, watch sports

WHO IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PERSON/PEOPLE – OR ANIMAL - IN YOUR LIFE AND WHY: My family, I certainly wouldn't be where I am today without them

TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOURSELF THAT PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED TO KNOW: I have five tattoos

WHO HAS BEEN THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE ON YOUR LIFE AND WHY: My dad, he's always been there for me, I learned so much about work ethic, how to be kind, and so much more from him

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE DRINK: Yoohoo

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE DINNER ENTREE: arroz con pollo

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE DESSERT: Ice cream cake

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE HOLIDAY AND WHY: Christmas by far, everyone is sentimental, it's a time of reflection, the music and movies are great, it's just all-around a good time. Plus it's the only holiday where it's socially acceptable to chilling in your pj's all day

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SEASON AND WHY: Spring! The weather gets warmer, the NCAA tournament's going on, days get longer, you can finally leave the house for the first time in months, everything just rules

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SPORT: college basketball, men's or women's really

NAME THREE OF YOUR FAVORITE MOVIES: Napoleon Dynamite, Parasyte, Knives Out

NAME YOUR FAVORITE BOOK/AUTHOR: Going Bovine

WHAT IS THE MOST DARING THING YOU’VE DONE: As a person afraid of heights, jumping off the 7M high dive

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