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Michael Oder

Assistant News Director
Bryan, Texas

For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved telling stories. As a kid, I bribed my younger brother into being my cameraman and interviewed the neighbors, my friends and parents. As an adult, I search for stories with impact that bring clarity to my community.

I got my start in journalism at KBTX. The news director at the time, Mike George, took a chance on a young, energetic college student. I hauled a 50-pound camera, 30-pound tripod and 15-pound fanny pack around during some of the hottest summers Texas has seen. I loved every minute!

Mike never said “no” when I asked to try new things. It’s a philosophy I believe in as a news manager now. The chance to experiment and grow in this industry is crucial to creating well-rounded journalists. While at KBTX I worked as a photographer, reporter, producer and anchor. In 2014, I took an opportunity to focus on reporting and moved to Birmingham, Alabama to work for WIAT CBS 42.

My career has taken me across the country, introduced me to politicians and celebrities, and put me in the path of hurricanes and wildfires. I’ve been lucky enough to work with amazing journalists from different backgrounds focused on telling the stories that matter.

Outside of the newsroom, I’m usually binge watching a show. I’m a Trekkie, if you’re curious. Dogs over cats, although my co-workers are trying to change that. As a native Texan, I try and visit every corner of the Lone Star State as often as I can.

Education
  • Sam Houston State University, Mass Communication, 2009
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