TV news viewers allow KREM 2 News anchors and reporters into their homes. They become familiar faces to regular viewers.

They share your success stories, your heartbreaks and hunt down answers.

And then one day — they’re gone. Until now. 

Each Thursday, we're opening the KREM vault and catching up with your favorite news personalities from the past. 

Mike Murad

KREM 2 News // 2005-2008

Reporter & Morning News Anchor

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Mike Murad working in Green Bay, Wisconsin
Mike Murad

“Every word matters, and has a meaning. Good writing makes for a good broadcast.”

These are the words of wisdom from an Emmy nominated, 20-year news veteran who spent part of his early career at KREM 2 News. 

Mike Murad calls those early days in Spokane some of the most notable of his career. Mike was sent to cover the 2005 of abduction of Dylan and Shasta Groene in Kootenai County. 

"Even to this day, this case is the most heartbreaking stories I've covered.”

The tragedy happened only one month after Mike began at KREM. 

WATCH: Shasta Groene writing book about her abduction

For three years, Mike anchored alongside Dawn Picken. He left in 2008. 

Eleven years and three moves later, he is now delivering the news 1,600 miles away in Green Bay, Wisconsin. 

Home Sweet Second Home

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Mike Murad clearing snow in Wisconsin.
Mike Murad

Mike was no stranger to Wisconsin despite spending most of his career in the Northwest (Yakima, Spokane, Boise and Portland) and growing up in the San Francisco Bay area.

In fact, he considers it a second home. 

“My sisters, mom and grandparents were all born in Wisconsin, and we used to visit relatives every year in Milwaukee when I was growing up.”

WATCH: Mike Murad reporting in Wisconsin 

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So moving half-way across the country in 2015 was a natural career choice.

Mike began at WLUK as the 10:00 p.m. anchor. Last November he was promoted to co-anchor of FOX 11 News at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m.

Sleeping Past Sunrise  

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Mike Murad on the set in Portland, Oregon.
Mike Murad

The biggest change about taking a job in Wisconsin wasn’t the location. 

It was the hours. 

Mike now knows the pleasure of sleeping in.

“The biggest accomplishment was getting up at 2:00 a.m. for six years when I was a morning anchor at three different stations.”

Work forced Mike to wake up early in Spokane, Boise and then in Portland. He credits his former KREM co-anchor Dawn Picken with making the tough hours look easy.

“In the breaks we had a lot of fun,” he explained. 

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Both he and Picken thanked another KREM 2 News employee for making their Spokane careers possible. 

“Our floor director Charlie (Laborte) definitely contributed to the great atmosphere too.”

Dawn echoed those sentiments in a separate interview.

"He was the reason I knew I could get up in the morning for five years. I knew I’d always have a laugh,” added Picken. 

Making It Official

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Mike Murad and his wife Lindsay at their wedding. // 2017
Mike Murad

Mike made another big change once he ditched the morning news hours. 

He married his longtime girlfriend Lindsay in 2017. The two met more than a decade prior in Washington. 

“She's been a trooper as we've lived and worked in so many places since then. We both like to travel (good thing) and have seen a lot of the world over the years together.” 

Life Beyond News

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Mike Murad on the Fox 11 set in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Mike Murad

“I never planned to work 20 years in the TV news business. Maybe I'll do it for another 20 years. Who knows?”

Mike is unsure of what the future holds. Although he admitted it could leading him back to the classroom to teach. 

“People helped me along the way, and I'm happy to pay it forward and help people progress in their careers.” 

In the meantime, Mike's only plan is to keep future plans simple.

“I'm much better at making short-term plans, like where I plan to walk the dog tomorrow morning.”