Mike Hart, 23ABC


Executive Reporter

Email: mike@kero.com

Starting as a weekend sportscaster in May 1991, Mike has worked his way up through the ranks to his current position as 23ABC's Executive Reporter.

Leaving the anchor desk after 32 years in September 2023, Mike is transitioning to a managerial position to oversee the 12 reporters that will be presenting, 'Neighborhood News' on 23 ABC.

Mike has done it all during his time at KERO, from covering two Super Bowls to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's victory press conference. Climbing inside the Space Shuttle Columbia and taking part in the Escape from Alcatraz swim. He wrote, produced, edited and anchored 23ABC's one-hour special report on the 50th anniversary of the Kern County earthquake entitled, "On Shaky Ground."

Mike started his career at KYEL-TV in Yuma, AZ before leaving the heat for the sub-zero temps at KBJR-TV in Duluth, MN. He then decided on the heat and arrived in Bakersfield.

Born in Detroit, Mike lived in six states, attending five different grade schools and two high schools before his senior year. His mother, sister and four brothers all reside in Scottsdale, Arizona.

A graduate of Arizona State University in 1986, Mike shares a fondness for the Sun Devils, along with his father's alma mater, Notre Dame. Mike and his wife Lori have two sons, Michael and Cody.

The Hart family is extremely active in Arabian horse competitions, with Lori riding 'Psax Fifth Avenue' to multiple Nationals Championships in Hunter and Side Saddle. Two others horses, Bonphire and Pikasso, have takien home a U.S. Hunter and Sport Horse Title.

When he's not working the newsroom, Mike has been the PA voice of the Bakersfield Condors for more than 20 years. As a boxing ring announcer since 1992, Mike has appeared on ESPN, Fox Sports, HBO, Pay per View and Showtime in fight cards all over the country, from the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills to the stockyards in Austin, TX.

He is also active in numerous local charities and non-profit organizations.

If there was ever a time Mike entertained the thought of leaving Bakersfield and Kern County, that day is long gone. The Harts have planted roots in this part of the Central Valley and look forward to growing with the community for years to come.

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