vestigative journalist, videographer and drone pilot Michael Linder has created and
executive produced innovative network TV series including “America’s Most Wanted,”
covered breaking news on television, radio and online, and helped
LA Weekly
launch its
video component. Current interests range from agriculture and water in California's Central
Valley to the EDM music scene.
investigative reporter for KNX Newsradio and TalkRadio KABC,
he enhanced both stations’ social media platforms with
photography and videos. He has been a BBC contributor, and his
online radio station, KVB.FM, attracted listeners in more than 67
countries with electronic dance music broadcast from Venice
Beach and global club scenes.
Linder’s investigative reports on California’s water wars, links between cancer and urban
oil drilling, and a series of exposés of L.A. street gangs including eyewitness coverage of
the execution of Crips co-founder Tookie Williams have won numerous awards. He has
served as a TV news reporter for CBS2 and KTLA in Los Angeles.
He reported on Hurricane Katrina from New Orleans, and legislative issues impacting
Southern California from Washington DC. He has covered Mexican border issues and
Mount St. Helens during a possible eruption. He provided gavel-to-gavel coverage of the
Phil Spector and Michael Jackson trials. Linder has produced and directed documentaries
and travel specials throughout Asia, Europe and Micronesia for ABC7.
"He's the epitome of a true roving reporter, capable of covering stories far
from home base. Textbook journalism that could be taught in any classroom."
—Los Angeles Press Club Journalist of the Year Citation
With Quincy Jones, Linder created and co-executive producedThe Jesse Jackson Show,” a
weekly series taking public affairs television onto the frontlines of breaking news,
including Ir
aq as coalition forces massed for
Desert Storm.
Though Jackson and Linder became the first
allowed to document opccupied Kuwait, talks with
Saddam Hussein in Baghdad did not coax Iraq
from Kuwait, though the mission secured the
release of 227 hostages held in Iraq and the U.S.
Embassy staff in Kuwait City.
Jackson, Linder with Saddam Hussein
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nder created and executive produced Fox Television’sAmerica’s
Most W
asting John Walsh as host and effecting the
capture of seven the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted on his watch. In his
book “Outfoxed,” author Alex Ben Block credits Linder with saving
the struggling Fox network by delivering its first hit series.
Linder has an extensive track record producing online content. Among them,
Berserkistan, the first site to cover a war on location — this war, in Bosnia.
It received critical acclaim
for on-scene investigative reports and
photojournalism by correspondent Jim Bartlett who embedded
with numerous military units.
Berserkistan pioneered interactive humanitarianism, enabling
readers to assist people trapped behind enemy lines, including
the saving of a teenager’s grenade-shattered legs by a
Pennsylvania community that airlifted the boy to the United
States for donated surgery.
U.S. Attorney General’s Public Service Award
mmy, three nominations, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Edward R. Murrow Award, Radio Television Digital News Association
Bill Stout Memorial Award for Enterprise Journalism
Investigative Reporting, Associated Press
Mark Twain Award, Investigative Reporting, Associated Press
Radio Journalist of the Year, Los Angeles Press Club
Investigative Radio Journalism, Los Angeles Press Club
Golden Mic, Radio News Reporting, Radio-Television News Association
Webby Nomination, Graphic Design
Berserkistan was profiled by CNN, “ABC World News Tonightand
, was a
must-read at the White House, International War Crimes Tribunal, United Nations,
U.S. and NATO troops, NGOs and Bosnian refugees worldwide.
Linder was portrayed in the movie “Judgment Day: The John List Story” which chronicled
his role in the capture of multiple murderer List, a fugitive from justice for 18 years. He
has been a guest on shows and networks including “Nightline,” “Good Morning America,
Selected Awards
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