Dave Michaels, a longtime Atlanta anchor, passed away at age 88. He worked for 11Alive (1974–1985), WAGA, CNN, WABC in NYC, and KABC in LA for a total of 11 years. Here, he also served as “Mr. Pix,” the host of a well-liked kids’ show.
What Happened to Dave Michaels?
Longtime Anchor 11Alive Dave Michaels died. His wife informed 11Alive on Friday that he had died on February 1. From 1976 through 1985, he was an anchor for WXIA.
Longtime news anchor for 11Alive, CNN, and other networks Dave Michaels passed away this month at the age of 88.
Dave Michaels Cause of Death
His wife Ann notified 11Alive on Friday that he had passed away on February 1 following a protracted battle with congestive heart failure and Alzheimer’s disease. She stated that he passed away while receiving hospice care at home.
From 1976 to 1985, Michaels was an anchor for WXIA. His noteworthy events at the station included anchoring live for 12 straight hours when a plane was hijacked at Atlanta’s airport in 1977, according to a broadcast tribute from his last day at 11Alive.
Who was Dave Michaels?
Michaels was born in Flushing, New York, on November 15, 1934. He worked in radio for several years in New York at the beginning of his career and caught the news bug while working as a page at NBC.
Early in the 1960s, he made the switch to television news and moved to Atlanta to work for WAGA-TV. His career included stops in some of the major markets in the country.
Michaels relocated to KABC in Los Angeles after leaving Atlanta in 1974 to host AM New York, the morning program for WABC in New York.
A few years later, Alive welcomed him back to Atlanta. Michaels joined CNN in 1989 after departing WXIA in the middle of 1985 for Headline News.
His most memorable experience during that time was interrupting an interview to broadcast the breaking news of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, according to his personal website.
He was admitted into the Southeast Chapter Silver Circle of the American Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in 1995. He had a number of acting credits throughout his career. His wife Ann, son Michael, and daughter Kathy are still alive.