1. Mike Kirsch will be missed by those in the Miami News Market who recognize and appreciate real investigative journalism. He will be back on his feet in no time. Just watch.

    For the record. His remarkable biography speaks for itself. Good Luck Mike.


    Mike Kirsch began his career in 1985 as a freelance journalist covering wars in El Salvador and Nicaragua. Since then, his assignments have taken him to Afghanistan, Albania, Bosnia, Haiti, Iraq, Kosovo, Kuwait and Lebanon, and to more than fifty other countries around the world.

    His work has appeared on The CBS Evening News, 60 Minutes, 48 Hours, ABC News Nightline, NBC Nightly News, the BBC, CNN, and on dozens of international news programs.

    Mike’s aggressive style of reporting and his fly-on-the-wall camera work have earned him twelve Emmy Awards, two Edward R. Murrow Awards, a pair of Associated Press Investigative Awards and a pair of Rory Peck Honorary Awards.

    He joined CBS4 in Miami in June of 2001. He was quickly dispatched to Afghanistan following the September 11th attacks on America. Mike was the first American journalist to videotape US Special Ops teams inside Afghanistan as they called in air strikes on Taliban forces during Operation Enduring Freedom.

    Mike and CBS4 cameraman Rudy Marshall were the first American journalists to cross into Iraq with US Marines the night before the launch of Operation Iraqi Freedom. And they were the first American journalists to reach and report from the rescue site of American POW Jessica Lynch, before moving north to Baghdad to cover the fall of Saddam Hussein.

    As a reporter, Mike has interviewed people from Tiny Tim to Charles Manson and serial killer John Wayne Gacy. As a cameraman, he has captured such dramatic videotape images as incoming 155mm artillery rounds roaring in at the frontline in Bosnia, to young drifters running along atop moving freight trains in Texas, to the dramatic rescue of a young couple in 150mph winds during Hurricane Rita in Louisiana.

    Mike left CBS4 briefly in 2004 for a job as a correspondent based in New York for the NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, during which time he returned to Baghdad to report on Iraq’s deadly insurgency. Additionally, he reported on the homeland security debate to reroute deadly chemical rail tankers around urban areas, and on the first Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse court martial, among other stories.

    Mike has also shot and directed several provocative television documentaries on subjects ranging from train hoppers, to carjackers, to people struggling to survive wars in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq.

    Mike is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a degree in broadcast journalism and a minor in international relations. He was born and raised in Los Angeles. He is married and has a daughter.

  2. Why wouldn’t he end up back at a network? If Gwen Belton and Kelly Cobiella can get picked up by CBS, why wouldn’t a guy who is as fearless as Kirsch not get hired and sent off to some international hotspot?

  3. Kirsch is one the few reporters in this town with any guts. He risked his life covering the wars and did things that would make most of the wimpy, feminized metrosexual Miami reporters wet their pants. They let Mike go and that frees the station up to hire a bunch of no talent interns at minimum wage. Yet another reason to turn off your television. Maybe he could of saved his job if he went out and got breast implants or a sex change.

    Good luck Mike!

  4. admin – does ur insider know why he wasnt reneded – do u think it had anything to do w/ his recent arrest????

  5. After Kirsch plead not guilty in court Monday, the charges filed by the police officer were dropped. His non-renewal of the contract was based on ‘professional differences’ according to his boss.


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