Mike Canan


Senior Director of Local Content

When did you start working here?
I first started working here in November 2014 as editor in chief of WCPO.com. I left to work at the E.W. Scripps corporate office from January 2018 until May 2019 and returned to WCPO in May 2019.

Where else have you worked?
I worked at Scripps Howard News Service in Washington for about two years before joining the team at Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers on the east coast of Florida. I worked there for 10 years in a variety of roles, spending the last three years as managing editor.

Where did you go to college?
Ohio University.

What are you most proud of when it comes to your work?
I’m most proud of the work I’ve done in making the communities I’ve worked better places to live, work and play through our journalism.

What are you most proud of in your own life?
I’m a marathon runner, so I’m proud of all 17 of my marathons. They’re sort of like kids. I’m proud of each of them for different reasons. But I’m probably most proud of my 2017 Boston Marathon. It was a hot day, and I managed to complete the race in 2 hours, 46 minutes and 47 seconds, which at the time was my personal best marathon. That was good enough to place me 405th overall in the race.

I’m also proud that I somehow landed a smart, talented wife who keeps me on my toes, and that we’re so far raising our two boys to be decent human beings.

What do you love about living in the Tri-State?
You mean besides the Reds? I’ve been obsessed with the Reds since I was 10 years old. As a kid, I would sneak the radio under my pillow to listen to Marty and Joe once I was supposed to be in bed. I also coach my boys in baseball and this is a great baseball town.

With my family, we enjoy hitting the local breweries and restaurants. Salazar is our favorite restaurant.

What are your favorite local hangouts/places, sports & cultural institutions?
Reds and Skyline Chili. I’m also a big fan of the Mercantile Library, where my wife works.

All-time favorites... (movies, shows, books, music)

Movies: I don’t watch a lot of movies anymore with two kids at home. I don’t have the same time/attention span. But my favorites include: The Prestige, Fight Club, the first Star Wars trilogy.

Shows: The Wire, Parks and Recreation, The Office.

Books: 1984 by George Orwell, The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck, The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Live by Night by Dennis Lehane, the Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Song of Fire and Ice series by George R.R. Martin and, yes, the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.

Music: Jason Isbell, Frank Turner, The Beatles, Gram Parsons, Josh Ritter, the Old 97s, Johnny Cash, Neil Young.

Apps I can't live without: WCPO, Twitter, Facebook, Strava, Instagram, MLB, Untappd, GameChanger.

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