After almost exactly 30 years away, Mike Powers returns to KOTA Territory.
Mike is back with KOTA-TV as executive producer and anchor of the 5:30 and 10 p.m. newscasts. In addition to his anchoring duties, Mike is responsible for the content and "look" of the newscasts.
Mike first moved to the Black Hills in 1980. Veteran news watchers may remember Mike as a television sportscaster. He was the KOTA sports director from 1983 to 1985.
"I fondly remember covering some of the standout sports figures of the day," Mike said. "Paul Tierney, Randy Lewis, Gary Boner, Pat Jefferson and Dave Ploof are just a few of the names that spring to mind when I think about those days," said Powers. "It was a great time."
In 1985, Mike moved to KRQE-TV in Albuquerque, N.M. as sports director. Mike was the voice of University of New Mexico athletics for almost 15 years. He also had the opportunity to cover several Super Bowls, training camps of the Denver Broncos and Dallas Cowboys, and NCAA Basketball Tournaments, including one Final Four.
In 2005, Mike moved into news coverage as the anchor for the KRQE Morning Show. He spent six years in that role.
In 2011, Mike moved back to his native Montana, becoming the news director at KPAX-TV in Missoula. Later, Mike joined the 5:30 and 10 newscast as anchor while keeping his duties as news director.
In the spring of 2015, Mike returned to KOTA-TV. "It was just an opportunity I did not want to pass up," said Powers. "It was a chance for my wife to return to her native state and be closer to her family. Our time in the Black Hills was really special and we thought about the area a lot over the years. The move not only reunites us with Rapid City, but it gave me a chance to work again with several old friends, people I have a great deal of respect for. In just a short-time, I have been made to feel very welcome by co-workers and the community."
Powers added that, "I am excited about the opportunity to work with a talented, veteran anchor team, while looking forward to mentoring some of our younger staff."
Powers is a native of Glendive, Mont., and a graduate of the University of Montana. Mike has been married for more than 30 years to the former Patty Kramer of Mobridge. They have three adult children: Cheyenne, Paige, and Casey.
Mike is anxious to get back onto some of the great Black Hills golf courses and resume his passion as a basketball official.