Mike is a native Californian, born in Los Angeles. But in the years just before Mike’s birth, his parents lived in Sacramento, made many friends here, and Mike spent a week of every summer as a child in Sacramento when the family would come to visit. He grew up on ice cream from Vic’s and Gunther’s and movies at the Crest and Tower.
After his father died when he was 8, he and his mother moved to Bishop, in the Owens Valley, where members of his extended family have lived since 1920.
He began his career in radio in Bishop when he was 15 and worked in San Luis Obispo and Ukiah before leaving California for Reno, where he spent seven years, and transitioned from radio to TV.
After a 30-year career in TV news in Reno, Las Vegas and Phoenix, Mike returned to radio doing traffic reports for several western cities and national newscasts for the iHeartRadio app.
In 2013, he came home to California, and worked as Morning News Editor for KFBK in Sacramento. In 2014, Mike was one of the winners of the Bill Stout Memorial Award for Excellence in Spot News Radio and the Murrow Award for Breaking News Coverage. Over the next six years, he was promoted to Executive Producer, Managing Editor, Assistant News Director, News Director and Afternoon Co-Anchor.
Mike joined CapRadio in 2020 as interim anchor for both All Things Considered and Morning Edition and anchored special coverage of the 2020 election.
Mike has also been writing about cars since 1997 for outlets including the BBC and several AAA auto club magazines. Currently, his car reviews appear on his own website, MikeHagertyCars.com, and in the Los Altos Town Crier. Mike is Executive Vice President of Western Automotive Journalists, the guild for automotive writers in Northern California.
Mike’s passions include reading, writing, travel, history, nature, architecture, design, automobiles, politics, food, music, film, and theater.
Mike and his wife, Dr. Rhonda Hagerty, an educator, live in Folsom.
April 8, 2022
Unusually high temperatures, an extremely dry start to the year and strong winds will lead to high fire danger this weekend and the first red flag warning in April for the region. The warning runs from 5 a.m. Saturday through 5 p.m. Sunday.
April 4, 2022
Former Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn said he isn't surprised authorities have been slow to release details from Sunday's mass shooting. He hopes the long-term reaction to the shooting will avoid problems he's seen in the past.
January 30, 2022
In San Jose’s new gun ordinance, owners who carry a gun must have liability insurance and pay a fee. We spoke with the city’s mayor Sam Liccardo on the groundbreaking legislation.
January 9, 2022
Michael Ramsey prosecuted PG&E for the 2018 Camp Fire and will again now with the Dixie Fire. Cal Fire determined last week the utility was responsible for the 2021 fire, the second-largest in recorded California history.
September 8, 2021
The thunderstorm could bring high winds, lighting, but very little rain.
August 11, 2021
The Sacramento native says he will retire at the end of this year. He was sworn in exactly four years ago as the department's first Black chief.
June 17, 2021
California's power grid operator is asking residents to conserve energy as record-breaking heat blankets the West.
June 16, 2021
The Natomas location will soon be turned into a medical center and teaching hospital for California Northstate University, according to an announcement on Wednesday.
June 15, 2021
A lot changes on June 15, when California officially reopens. Here's a look at the new rules for businesses and individuals, and what things are staying the same for now.
As Law Enforcement Laud Derek Chauvin Conviction, Others Warn Against Complacency, Urge Police Reform
April 21, 2021
While many Sacramento and California law enforcement agencies have publicly supported the jury’s decision, some are unsure how it may affect policing going forward.