It took leaving Seattle for Michael Spears to fully appreciate the beauty of the city; the smell of salty, sea air along the waterfront and sweet, blossoming flowers in the spring; the view as you emerge from one of the I-90 tunnels onto the floating bridges (when there’s no traffic) with Mount Rainier off in the distance on a sunny day.
After 11 years away, Michael returns to Seattle where he was born and raised – having lived in neighborhoods around the city from Capitol Hill to Beacon Hill, Ballard to Lakeridge and Rainier Beach.
He is a proud Renton High School graduate who went south in pursuit of sun and palm trees, graduating from the University of Miami. He later returned to South Florida, most recently working for NBC’s O&O WTVJ, where he reported on several national stories including Hurricanes Irma and Matthew, the Parkland mass shooting and the Fort Lauderdale airport mass shooting – coverage that earned him a breaking news Emmy.
Trading warm weather to return home to the PNW felt right for Michael. A chance to not only tell his hometown’s stories, but connect with old friends and spend time with family.