Mike Stutz was named General Manager of Gulf California Broadcast Company in Palm Desert, CA in June of 2011. He also served as the Director of News for News-Press and Gazette Broadcasting (Gulf California Broadcast Company’s parent company), St. Joseph, Missouri from September, 2006 to August of 2014. Prior to that, he held news director posts at KGTV in San Diego and WJXT-TV in Jacksonville, FL. Mike was a station operations manager at WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee and has held news manager posts at KSDK in St. Louis and KUSA in Denver and WITI in Milwaukee. The News Departments he has run have won numerous awards including some national awards, two Edward R. Murrow Awards for Overall Excellence (WJXT) and a National Headline Award (KGTV).
Mike began his television career as a reporter at WITI-TV in Milwaukee. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri at St. Louis. He and his wife, Ellen have three sons, two granddaughters, and three grandsons. Mike and Ellen reside in Palm Desert, CA.
Since 2014, Mike has served on the Leadership Council of the American Cancer Society in the Coachella Valley. He is also on the Board of the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership, the Board of Find Food Bank, and the Board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Coachella Valley.
Cancer hits close to home for Mike. He lost a brother-in-law to melanoma when he was just 42 years old. Cancer struck again when his mother had a single mastectomy in 1991. When the cancer returned, she had another mastectomy in 1996. She has been cancer-free for 21 years and will turn 93 this November. Mike was diagnosed with prostate cancer in early 2013, and had surgery in April of that year. Subsequent tests have shown that he is completely cancer-free. “Advances in cancer research have made this possible for both of us… that is what drives my passion to volunteer for the American Cancer Society. We will find a cure,” he says. Mike enjoys the game of golf and attends major tournaments when he can, having attended the Masters this past year. As to his own golf game, “Not a lot to say… I am just glad I am still around to play it occasionally!”
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