Staff Biography :: Michael Hagerty
Senior Producer, Houston Matters
When Michael Hagerty was a kid, he used to pretend to be a radio DJ. His mother bought him a tape recorder for Christmas one year, and he'd record himself announcing songs and pretending to take requests from callers — whose voices he did himself.
Years later, it's no surprise that Michael makes a living making real radio at Houston Public Radio, where he serves as Senior Producer for Houston Matters, the station’s look at the people, places, events and ideas that define Greater Houston.
Michael has a degree in journalism from Abilene Christian University and has served as news director for NPR and PBS stations around Texas and The West, including KUNR-FM in Reno, Nevada; KNPB-TV in Reno, Nevada; and KWBU-TV/FM in Waco, Texas. He got his start on the air as a college student hosting Morning Edition at KACU-FM in Abilene, Texas.
Michael’s covered stories from the fatal crash at the 2011 National Championship Air Races in Reno, to the so-called Western White House in Crawford, Texas, during the George W. Bush presidency. His work has been featured numerous times on NPR programs, such as All Things Considered and Morning Edition. He’s helped produce three television documentaries that aired nationally on PBS stations.
A native of the Chicago area and an avid Cubs fan, Michael spent four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.