Mike Landess is a Primary Evening News Anchor for 7NEWS, Denver. He has anchored and reported the news in Colorado for nearly 30 years.
He started in broadcasting while a senior in high school in Tyler, Texas and 4 years later he was reporting and anchoring at WFAA-TV in Dallas. His first Primary Evening Anchor job was for NBC News at its owned-and-operated WKYC-TV in Cleveland and in 1977 he came to Denver to anchor at 9News with Ed Sardella. The pairing was extremely successful with the distinction of having the highest-rated local evening newscast in the U.S., (51 share). After 16 years at KUSA, Mike went on to anchor at Gannett’s WXIA in Atlanta during the Summer Olympics and on to Washington D.C. where he covered the 9/11 attacks. Mike came back to Denver in 2002 to anchor the evening newscasts at 7NEWS.
Mike has been honored with more than 2 dozen Emmys (including 5 for Best Anchor) 5 Edward R. Murrow Awards and contributed to the winning of a Peabody Award in 2013 for Wildfire Coverage. 2014 marks his 40th year as a Primary News Anchor and his 50th year in broadcasting. A love of storytelling and the evolving broadcast news industry keep him challenged every day.