Mike Boettcher

Inducted: 2010

MIKE BOETTCHER (1954- ), veteran network foreign and war correspondent, began his broadcasting career in his native Ponca City for WBBZ Radio. One decade later, he helped launch 24-hour news in 1980 when he performed the first live satellite report for fledgling CNN. In between, he worked for Oklahoma City stations KEBC, KTOK, and KWTV as a political and investigative reporter. He worked for NBC, covering international news on several fronts before rejoining CNN where he has been embedded as a war correspondent in the Mideast. As chief correspondent for CNN’s terrorism investigation unit, a team he created, Boettcher was awarded a Peabody, his third of four National Emmys and a National Headliner award. He attended the University of Oklahoma, and returned there as a visiting professor in 2009 after a one year embed in Iraq and Afghanistan during which he reported for ABC, BBC and The Oklahoman.