2009 Legacy Inductee
Mike Kavanagh was born on December 6, 1951 in New York City. His family moved to Massachusetts when he was very young and he attended public school there. At the age of 16 he was a high school sports reporter for WSBS in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Mike graduated Cum Laude from the University of Massachusetts in 1972. He moved to Richmond Virginia and WLEE for his first paying job in radio. He was news director there and met his future wife, Grace through a mutual friend. In 1978, Mike moved to Atlanta; he joined WSB as a reporter. Kavanagh left Atlanta after a year to work as a Capitol Hill reporter in Washington and for the RKO Radio Network in New York. In 1986 it was back to Atlanta for a news job at WCNN and anchor work at CNN. In 1992, Mike returned to WSB as a reporter and news anchor. Kavanagh also began his Sunday morning Money Matters Show which he hosted until his death in 2008. He was the recipient of numerous journalism awards in his long career, including the prestigious Edward R. Murrow award for Investigative Reporting. His work in the community was honored annually with the Mike Kavanagh Public Service award given each year by the Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault. He was a member of the board of directors of the Lewis Grizzard Foundation and authored two books on financial planning and investing. Mike was a founding member of the board of directors of The Georgia Radio Hall of Fame and the founder of wsbhistory.com.
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