🎓 Finally, a graduate

Some of you know that I took the unconventional route of getting a full-time job in my dream career before finishing my degree. Well, finally, seven years later, today I graduated. Working in news was hard enough, but balancing school and life proved to be a challenge, so I slowed my courseload down. I am […]

Made an appearance in Times Square

Found out I unexpectedly made a cameo in Times Square yesterday when NewsNation and Nexstar rang the closing bell for Nasdaq!

Saying goodbye to KELOLAND and South Dakota

After nearly five years at KELOLAND, this is my last week. It has been an incredible experience! I have had opportunities only someone could dream about when starting a career in television news. I produced newscasts, helped run our website and worked on the investigates team. Most recently, I had the chance to be our […]

Remembering my brother on Easter

When Charlie was in the PICU, and then came home for his final hours, in his right hand was an olive wood cross from Bethlehem. His amazing godparents got it for him. Charlie held onto that thing for days, which was super strange given his level of Cerebral Palsy and lack of muscle control. Him […]

My anxiety & how the skills learned translate to a more fulfilled life

The following is a speech I delivered at the 2020 HeARTS in Healing event by the Avera Foundation. My name is Michael Geheren. I’m a digital reporter at a local TV station. First, I think we have to acknowledge the incredible nurses and care team on the floor the night of the tornado. My heart […]

Why I went to a mental health hospital to get treatment for anxiety

This weekend I took time for myself to just read and relax at a local arboretum. A few weeks ago I was hospitalized inpatient at Avera Behavioral Health for five days. I have been battling severe anxiety for years now. That, plus depression and several other factors brought me to the hospital. It was a […]

Late Night Thoughts on Sen. John McCain’s Diagnosis

From July 20 The first political and major journalism experience I had, that I can recall, was asking Sen. John McCain a question at a press conference ahead of the 2008 election for Scholastic News. This moment has been forever seared into my memory. He was nice and answered my question like he would for […]

#3 with #45

Air Force One in Watertown, SD (Michael Geheren/The Volante) As we inaugurate #45, I’ve been looking back at the amazing opportunities I’ve had to cover now three Presidents of the United States and the impact President Barack Obama had on my interest in political journalism. Donald Trump (Sioux City, IA) President-Elect Donald Trump in Sioux City, […]

My internship at Chicago’s Very Own

My internship started with tweet at the WGN Back to School Kids Fair in 2014. I used to go the fair every year as a child, not for the free backpacks or to meet the mascots. I went to follow the producers and talent around. I was so fascinated about how live television worked. So, […]

Thank you, Mr. Schieffer

Bob Schieffer and Michael Geheren at the 2012 Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference at the Newseum in Washington D.C. (Dave Eggen/FREEDOM FORUM) This post was originally published in the Huffington Post. You can read the original post at: I was washing my hands in the bathroom at the Newseum in Washington D.C. […]

Build your network for an internship or job in 140 characters

The original post can be found at: I got my internship this summer because of a #TBT tweet. Well, it’s a little bit of a longer story, but Twitter eventually landed me this summer’s internship. It all started with a simple “Throwback Thursday,” tweet with an anchor at the TV station. That lead to […]