ver since he won a Jayhawks basketball at a carnival when he was nine years old, Dr. Mike Anderson has been in love with The University of Kansas and the city of Lawrence. Born as the youngest son to Navy Captain Thomas Anderson and Air Force Lt. Colonel Darlene Anderson, Mike has always understood the importance of hard work, and what it means to give back to one’s community. For over a decade now he has had the privilege to call Lawrence, Kansas his home.
In 2012 Dr. Anderson received his master’s degree and doctorate at the University of Kansas in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Interpersonal Communication and Public Address. While at KU Mike taught courses in speaker-audience communication, persuasive speaking, problem solving in teams and groups, relational communication, and behavioral research methods. During this time he also served on four committees, won three teaching awards, and earned a research award from the National Communication Association. He has been published in academic journals, books, newspapers, and magazines.
On June 15th, 2011, Mike began working at Free State Studios and Channel 6. Since that time Mike has been the host and principle writer of the late-night television program, the Not So Late Show. The show has won four awards. And in 2012 Mike was named “The Most Interesting Character in Small Town America” by Readers Digest.
Mike is eager to lead Lawrence into the near and distance future. He feels privileged to be a part of this community. Mike enjoys the numerous opportunities in Lawrence to be an active part in the community. Mike has gotten to work as an emcee at events for numerous not for profits. Needless to say Mike has been blessed. He has gotten the chance to meet so many wonderful people in Lawrence, and he can’t wait to give back to this city a creative, intelligent, and passionate city commissioner.
Mike currently lives in East Lawrence and enjoys movies, sports, and hanging out with you. His claim to fame is that he holds the American Record for Longest Marathon Television Talk Show, and while he was a member of the St. John’s University basketball team he set a record for making the most free throws in a shoot-a-thon with 95/100. And yes Coach Self, he still has a year of eligibility left.