Michal Higdon

Michal Higdon

Anchor/Reporter

Charleston, SC

Professional Experience:

WIS TV -- News Anchor/Reporter

Emmy award-winning journalist

Awards:

2-time Emmy-winning journalist

News Philosophy:

Being fair and accurate are two of the most important things when it comes to news. My goal is to bring news to the community that THEY are impacted by and care about.

Hometown:

Orlando, Florida

Education:

University of Florida – Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Business Administration.

Family:

My parents live in Hilton Head. My sister graduated from Auburn in May 2018 and is now a pilot.

Hobbies & Interests:

When I’m not reporting or watching the news I love spending time with family and friends — and being involved/volunteering in the community is extremely important to me! I LOVE sports — playing, watching and debating about them — and I have an assortment of teams (Florida Gators, Tennessee Titans, Atlanta Braves, Orlando Magic and Nashville Predators). I enjoy exploring new things, traveling to new places and meeting new people! I love the outdoors and I’m always up for an adventure — from hiking to skydiving, riding roller coasters and more!

Favorite Books:

Head Ball Coach: My Life in Football by Steve Spurrier

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis (I love anything by C.S. Lewis)

The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man by Luke Harding

The Question of God by Dr. Armand M. Nicholi, Jr.

Likes Best About the Lowcountry:

I would need an entire book to name everything I love about the Lowcountry! Some of the top:

The people: Living in a place with southern hospitality is like no other!

The history: Oh, if the streets could talk!! There are SO many incredible stories the Lowcountry has to offer!

The atmosphere: I love that there is ALWAYS something to do! You have the hustle and bustle on King Street, the calming waves on the beach and so many things to explore!

Most interesting assignment:

I've been able to cover a variety of interesting assignments – both good and bad.

A story I will never forget, however, is the historic flood that hit South Carolina in 2015. There are hundreds of stories I covered from during the event and after the fact. But the most interesting story actually came on the year anniversary of the flood. I walked through one neighborhood, that had been under water, with a local firefighter who performed dozens of water rescues. Hearing his memory of the flood, his description of houses almost completely underwater and the lives he was able to save… It’s a story I will never forget.

Awards:

  • Two-time Emmy winner

Education:

  • University of Florida – Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Business Administration.

Recent Articles by Michal

  Revitalization commission getting updates on three major drainage projects in West Ashley

  Mount Pleasant Recreation Department opens registration for fall sports

  Local law enforcement agencies using hundreds of pieces of military-grade equipment

Charleston’s Design Review Board to discuss new garage, development

  Charleston City Council to apply for grants to help with major drainage projects

  Sports teams make adjustments to workouts, practices during coronavirus pandemic

  Plans submitted for new food, convenience store in West Ashley

  Polls open for statewide primary election with thousands of absentee votes cast

  Money colleges, universities getting from CARES Act won’t cover losses from pandemic

  Charleston County in dire need of poll workers for primary election

  Hundreds of roads set to be rejuvenated or repaved in Charleston County

  More than $50M needed for summer academic camps; sport team competitions may be prohibited

  Major subdivision being proposed along Maybank Highway

  New hotel proposed in downtown Charleston designed for ‘more adventurous’ travelers

  Intersection in Berkeley County opening Wednesday, expected to alleviate traffic

  More than a dozen Charleston restaurants have expanded their patios

  Public, community pools set to reopen Monday with restrictions

  Complaint filed against MUSC about use of animals

  No official recommendations made yet on summer learning activities, school restarting in the Fall

  Restaurant files lawsuit against insurance company over coverage denial

  Folly Beach police hands out dozens of tickets for gatherings of three or more people

  Groups prepare for surge in evictions as postponements due to COVID-19 ends

  More than $200 million needed for education programs, task force discusses student learning

  South Carolina courts backed up because of COVID-19

  Education leaders considering extended summer program to include reading and math

  Boeing set to cut 787 production in half, reduce workforce

  SCDEW adding 400 workers to help answer phones, questions about unemployment

  Reading Partners looking to give 1,000 backpacks to students in need

  Mount Pleasant man donating iPads to local nursing homes

  Many Lowcountry islands have turned away dozens trying to access beaches