Michael Geheren is a digital content producer for NewsNation on WGN America.


NewsNation on WGN America

Digital Content Producer
🗓 June 2020- Present

KELOLAND Media Group

Digital Reporter
Previous: Evening Newscast Producer/Investigative Producer/Digital Producer
📍Sioux Falls, SD
🗓 August 2015 – May 2020, June – August 2014
Produced daily, in-depth investigative stories driven by data, public records and original reporting. Lead digital efforts for investigative unit, contributed to several award-winning investigations. Produced #1 rated KELOLAND News at 5 and public affairs program Inside KELOLAND.

🏆 Won three regional Emmy awards and two regional Edward R. Murrow awards. 


Web Producer Intern
🗓 May-August 2015
Managed social media for Morning News sub-brand and supported news brand during Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup Final series and parade. Wrote and reported web stories on WGNTV.com. Developed relationship with talent to support individual social media efforts.


Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, Arizona State University
B.A. | 2020

Summary of Qualifications

  • Experience producing digital and livestream for national news outlet
  • Experience producing TV, digital and investigative for mid-size and large market
  • 3X Midwest Regional Emmy and 2X Edward R. Murrow Winner
  • Young leader in newsroom
  • Experience developing news websites on WordPress
  • Proficiency at Adobe Creative Suite, Edius, AP ENPS

Think big.

Big dreams.

Big risks.

Big Rewards.

Al Neuharth, Funder of USA TODAY, the Newseum and the Freedom Forum


  • Regional Edward R. Murrow – Producer – KELOLAND.com April 2020
  • Midwest Regional Emmy® Award – News Producer – Michael Geheren Composite October 2019
  • Midwest Regional Emmy® Award – Producer – KELOLAND News Special Report: Opioid Crisis October 2019
  • Midwest Regional Emmy® Award – Field Producer – Evening Newscast – Market 21-140 October 2017
  • Regional Edward R. Murrow – Producer – KELOLAND.com April 2017
  • Emmy Nominee – Producer – Weekend Newscast – Market 21-140 September 2016
  • Google/Online News Association Scholar September 2014
  • Al Neuharth Scholar for Excellence in Journalism February 2013

“I’d like to think that my students would do what Michael Geheren, DePaul University, did when he woke up and saw that a fire at an air traffic control facility had halted traffic at Chicago’s two major airports. He messaged me and my co-chair Katia Hetter to ask: Did you want a story? I can localize it. Answer: Yes! And lucky Michael, because Katia covers travel for CNN.com, so she worked with him to shape this story. He owned it for the next two days because he pitched a followup with tips on how stranded ONA attendees could get help.
We want to be turning out students who look at the latest tools and gadgets and think: “How can I do some journalism with that?””

Michelle Johnson, Associate Professor of the Practice, Online Journalism, Boston University. Former editor for the Boston Globe and boston.com

“Michael is an exceptional young journalist, among 51 high school seniors selected for a college scholarship and chosen to attend the 2012 Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference at the Newseum. He is bright, engaging, inquisitive and a pleasure to know. He has great promise as a leader of his generation.”

Jack Marsh, former President and Chief Operating Officer of the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute. 

“Michael Geheren is off to a strong start in his journalism career.
It was just less than a year ago when the Huntley High School junior initiated the online launch of his high school newspaper.
On Saturday, The Voice Online – www.huntleyvoice.com – garnered a national award, dubbed “the Pulitzer Prize of high school journalism.””

Northwest Herald

“I didn’t get that story from a press release or an anonymous source; I got it from 12-year-old Michael Geheren of Huntley.
If you don’t know that name, you better memorize it, because I swear that kid is destined for great things.”

Lenore AdkinsReporter,BNA Bloomberg, formerly Daily Herald.