It’s an honor and a pleasure to be part of the WTHI-TV/MyFOX10 family. I’m familiar with the station and area for a number of reasons, the most frequent and recent reason being that in my previous job at WLFI-TV in West Lafayette and Lafayette, I worked often with WTHI-TV/MyFOX10 since we’re under the same ownership, LIN MEDIA. I’ve seen often what a very talented group is at WTHI-TV, which is a real credit to News Director (and 5 p.m. anchor) Susie Dinkel, someone I’ve always respected, liked, and wanted to work with. It’s a station with people that deeply care about their product and care greatly about the Wabash Valley.
I grew up watching local news based in Terre Haute, where I’ve seen Mark Allen both on WTHI-TV and during his previous time at WTWO-TV. I will always be grateful to Mark for the gracious manner in which he’s accepted me, given me invaluable advice, and become someone that I consider a true friend. That’s one of the many, many reasons that Mark is the best. He’s an incredible broadcaster—-a most deserving Hall of Famer—-but an even better guy. I will always be indebted to him and will always approach him and ask him about advice regarding the profession and his experiences in the Wabash Valley.
Joining WTHI-TV/MyFOX10 is also deeply personal for me. I was born in Lawrenceville, Illinois, where both my mom and dad attended high school and where my dad still lives. My grandparents lived in Lawrenceville and St. Francisville, Illinois and I spent my childhood riding in my paternal grandfather’s Illinois State Police squad car or helping my maternal grandfather detassle corn during his days at Funk’s G-Hybrid, Golden Harvest, and Agrigold. My aunt and uncle, Janet and Jack Faro, are my unofficial adopted parents and have lived in Lawrenceville for the majority of their lives. Their son and my cousin, Jim Faro, lives in Terre Haute and someone I consider my big brother, confidant, and best friend. To be in the same town as him, his wife (cousin-in-law), Tia, and their sons, Nick, Evan, Cameron…..it’s a very special feeling to be near them on a daily basis.
I have always felt the Wabash Valley is a very special place. The people are as genuine as they come and have always welcomed me with open arms, whether I’ve been a resident or an out-of-town visitor. I promise to give you my best effort each and every day. And I’m humbled and grateful that you’re welcoming me into your homes on a daily basis.
Thank you, Mike