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The longtime Milwaukee anchor and reporter passed away Tuesday. (PHOTO: WISN 12 News Facebook)

Longtime WISN 12 reporter Mike Anderson dies at 67

Longtime WISN 12 reporter and beloved local news figure Mike Anderson has died.

As first reported by WISN 12, Anderson passed away on Tuesday morning. He was 67 years old. No cause of death has been officially reported as of publication.

A New Orleans native, Anderson came to WISN 12 and Milwaukee in 1981 after working as an anchor and reporter for KIRO-TV in Seattle. Anderson's career in Brew City would thrive for more than 35 years, becoming one of local media's most recognizable faces and guiding voices before retiring in 2017, making the occasional return to the network in the summer season to help cover notable events – often times donning his signature and iconic hat.

"Mike Anderson was a transformative figure in the history of television news in Milwaukee," said WISN news director Ben Hart in a statement. "In his storied career, he broke class and color barriers and set the tone for what professionalism looks like. His legacy is clear. Mike had a commitment to fairness, straightforward reporting and relentless pursuit of the truth.

"The WISN 12 family is devastated by his sudden passing. But his contributions as a voice for Milwaukee will be a lasting testament to his impact for years to come."

Shortly after his death was announced, figures from the Milwaukee media community and beyond took to social media to pay tribute to their colleague and friend.

Anderson was an empathetic voice for every community in the city, an inspiration to new and upcoming generations of black journalists, and an essential figure in telling Milwaukee's story for more than three decades. He will be profoundly missed – and OnMilwaukee passes along its deepest condolences to his family and friends during this trying time.

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