Mikel Lauber called NewsChannel 7 home from 2007 to 2014.
It was his first job in the TV news business he climbed the ladder. He started out as a reporter then moved to the anchor chair. Finally was promoted to news director, managing our entire news team.
Through those seven years and three job titles, there is one story that clearly stands out, "about a group in Shawano that had a contentious relationship with the city to say the least."
The group was called the Samanta Roy Institute of Science and Technology or SIST.
"After a lot of twists and turns that story turned into a much bigger story about a hit list that had the names of 60-people in the Shawano Community include the names of the mayor, the police chief, the sheriff a lot of the public officials," says Mikel.
Mikel eventually worked with the CBS Evenings News on that story which went national.
SISIT denies any involvement with a hit list and no charges connected to it were ever filed.
"Wausau will always have a very special place in our hearts."
He and his wife, Pam grew from a young couple into a young family during their time here.
Mikel says "we have three beautiful girls, we had all three of our kids there in Wausau at the hospital there, we bought our first home in Wausau. It was really kinda the start of our life as a family."
From here, Mikel moved to Texas to become a news director at a station our company, Gray Broadcasting owns in Waco. Then it was on to Nebraska, where he's the head of the news department at three TV stations, again owned by Gray.
Mikel says one of the the best parts of staying with the company is staying in touch with the rest of us who've also been with Gray a long time, "the friends and the people I met, the friends and the colleagues I met in Wausau. Those are the people I will never forget."