Mike Landess returned to Denver to anchor 7NEWS in 2002 after nine years as primary anchor at stations in Atlanta and Washington D.C.
His first year at 7NEWS brought an Emmy for Best Anchor and another for Best Evening Newscast. That Emmy for Best Anchor was Mike's third in Denver (1988, 1991, 2003) and his sixth career Best Anchor win (Atlanta in 1997, 1998, and Washington D.C. in 2001).
A ninth grade speech contest in Tyler, Texas was the humble beginning of Mike's career. Winning the contest ultimately led to a weekend job at a local radio station. Over the next decade, he went from radio news to WFAA-TV in Dallas as a reporter and anchor.
He later went on to NBC News in Cleveland, Ohio, where he was primary evening news anchor for WKYC-TV for three years.
In 1977, he was hired by KUSA in Denver (then KBTV) to anchor the evening newscasts. Over the next 16 years, Mike and his longtime friend, Ed Sardella, anchored Denver's No. 1 rated late newscasts that at one point garnered a 50+ share.
In 1993, Mike was transferred by KUSA’s parent company Gannett Broadcasting, to its NBC affiliate in Atlanta, WXIA (The Official Television Station of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games)
Over the next six years, Mike covered the preparation for the Summer Games while serving as primary evening news anchor. It was his live coverage on NBC of the bombing at Centennial Olympic Park that won him the first of two anchor Emmys in Atlanta.
Mike says that experience was invaluable when he went to work in Washington, DC (WTTG-TV/Fox Television.) He anchored live coverage for 16 hours after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. The station carried 72 straight hours of coverage and won two Edward R. Murrow Awards. Mike was awarded Washington DC's Best Anchor Emmy.
Mike’s work with the former 7NEWS Now at 4 p.m. has won an Edward R. Murrow Award and Best Daytime Newscast Emmys.
His half-hour special report on his Journey in fighting Prostate Cancer brought another Emmy in 2009. The use of that report was donated to the Prostate Conditions Council by 7NEWS. It is now available as a DVD which is sent for free to men all over the world who’ve been diagnosed with prostate cancer. As a cancer survivor who received cutting edge treatment at Colorado’s University hospital, he is a frequent speaker on the subject at medical conventions and cancer seminars.
Mike says he still loves doing what he does best: telling stories.