Michael comes to Local News 8 from the Southern California desert. Born and raised in the small community of Hemet, Michael went on to attend college at California State University, Northridge. Michael then studied meteorology at Mississippi State University.

Michael's last position was with KIFI's sister station in Palm Springs California, KESQ. Most of his time in the desert was spent behind the camera as an assignment editor and photojournalist.

Michael spends most of his free time keeping up with his wife and two children.

You can email Michael at mcoats@localnews8.com.

For more information on Michael's "Coats For Kids" drive, go to http://www.localnews8.com/coatsforkids/index.html

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