Michael Putney is a journalist who has won an American Award and is now a senior political TV reporter and columnist at WPLG Local 10 News in Miami, Florida. Putney also writes columns about politics for The Miami Herald.
Michael was born in NYC, but he grew up in St. Louis. When he was 14, he moved to Berkeley, California, with his family. Michael went to Berkeley High School and went to Deep Springs College in California after he graduated. After two years of college, Putney graduated from the University of Missouri with a BA in English Literature. In the end, he went to the University of Missouri to get his master’s degree.
Michael began working as a reporter in 1966 as a radio reporter. He worked his way up until he became the news director at KCGM in Columbia, Missouri. Putney moved to Washington, DC in 1970 to work as a general arts writer for The National Observer. He worked his way up to become a general assignment reporter and a national feature writer.
In 1981, Michael became the host of “This Week in South Florida with Michael Putney” on WPLG Local 10 News in Miami, Florida. In 1989, he got a job as a senior political reporter for Local 10.
Michael also writes a politics column for The Miami Herald every other month. He has also written for National Observer (United States), Time, and WTVJ. Putney was also put on Florida’s Judicial Management Council by the State Supreme Court.
Michael Putney Age & Birthday
Michael was born in New York City on December 16, 1940. He grew up in St. Louis until he was 14 years old, when he moved to Berkeley, California, with his family. In 2018, he will be 78 years old.
Michael Putney Wife
Putney has a wife named Marta. He often chooses Cafe Ragazzi when he is out on the town and looking for a place to eat. He also likes to cook, read, play tennis, and go on trips.
The Children of Michael Putney
Michael and his wife Marta have a daughter named Mia, a cocker spaniel named Zoe, and a pug puppy named Tallulah, or Tula for short.
Education of Michael Putney
He went to Berkeley High School and graduated from there. Michael then went to college for two years at Deep Springs College. Later, he went to the University of Missouri and got a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature.
Michael Putney Career
Michael began his career as a news reporter in 1966 while he was still in college. He worked at KCGM in Columbia, Missouri, first as a radio reporter and then as the station’s news director. He moved to the other side of town to work at KFRU radio, where he was promoted right away from assistant news director to news director. Between reports, he worked as a city proofreader for The Columbia Daily Tribune.
Michael moved from the middle of the country to Washington, D.C., in 1970. There, he worked for The National Observer, first as a general expressions writer for two years and then as a general task reporter and national component essayist for five years. Michael moved to Los Angeles in 1976 when he was given the job of department head for the West Coast.
After the Observer stopped publishing in 1977, he went to work for Time Inc. in New York. The Miami Herald then got him to move to Florida so he could write for its Sunday magazine, Tropic. Later, he wrote a piece for the paper.
Michael went back into broadcasting in 1981, but this time on TV. At WTVJ in Miami, he looked into a wide range of stories, but government and legislative issues were the ones that got the most attention. In 1986, he took steps toward becoming a co-host for “End of the Week.” By the end of the 1980s, Michael Putney had become South Florida Communicate Network’s “most important reporter.”
Michael has gone to Cuba more than a few times. As far as I can tell, he is the only South Florida news expert with his knowledge of and involvement in Cuban politics. Among the stories he has covered are the Mariel boatlifts, talks about the Immigration Accord in Havana, Washington, and New York, and an in-depth meeting with Ricardo Alarcon, the president of the Cuban National Assembly. Michael told from Havana when the rest of Che Guevara’s body came back from Bolivia to the island. He was part of the Local 10 Newsgroup that got Pope John Paul II to come to Cuba.
Michael has won two Emmys for how well he tells stories. He was also put on the Judicial Management Council in Florida by the state Supreme Court. He said that his favorite part of being a reporter is talking to people who make news and trying to find the truth, some of which, he said, is sometimes real. He has tried to forget any humiliations he may have had in his long and successful career. He has a lot of respect for the telecom calling and said that he is most happy to have just made opening the night before.
WPLG Michael Putney
WPLG is a virtual and VHF digital channel 10 TV station that is licensed to Miami, Florida, and also serves Fort Lauderdale. It is part of the ABC network. Berkshire Hathaway, which is based in Omaha, Nebraska, owns the station. It is the only broadcast property that the company has.
He is the host of “This Week in South Florida with Michael Putney,” which airs on WPLG, Channel 10 right now. Michael became a senior political reporter for Local 10 in 1989.
He has also written for National Observer (United States), Time, and WTVJ. He writes a politics column for The Miami Herald every two months. In 1966, he started working as a radio reporter at KCGM in Columbia, Missouri. Later, he became the station’s news director.
Salary of Michael Putney
ABC estimates that Michael’s average annual salary is between $42,300 and $122,500. We haven’t seen his contract yet, so we don’t know what the exact numbers are.
Michael Putney Net Worth
As of 2022, Michael Putney is thought to be worth between $3 million and $5 million. This amount comes from his many investments and long career as a journalist.