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Meeting new people and prose are what WUSA9 Morning Anchor Mike Hydeck enjoys most about journalism.
Mike was inspired to get into the business after meeting former network news anchor Tom Brokaw.
"While I was in college at the University of Connecticut we took a trip to New York City to see NBC Nightly News. While we were in the newsroom, Tom Brokaw was faced with a breaking news story just a few minutes before he was about to start his national newscast.
"As he rehearsed is script aloud, honing the copy, Mr. Brokaw wasn't satisfied with the way it was coming out.
"Rehearsing aloud until the very last second he still wasn't happy with it.
"When the red light came on he looked into the camera and delivered the lines flawlessly! I got and adrenaline rush like never before, I knew right there I wanted to become a reporter and anchor.
Years later while covering the 2000 Presidential debate between George Bush and Al Gore at Wake Forest University, I got to meet Mr. Brokaw and tell him face face how he inspired me. He could not have been more gracious. He talked with me for about 15 or 20 minutes. He remains an inspiration for me today."
Mike joined WUSA9 in October 2010. He's been an anchor and reporter in Hartford, Boston, Asheville North Carolina, and in Bristol Virginia.
A married father of two Mike enjoys renovating his home, running, playing guitar and reading biographies.
Look for Mike weekday mornings on 9NEWS NOW from 4:25-7:00 a.m.