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Saying goodbye to a local legend...and friend

Saying goodbye to a local legend...and friend

Last night at 11pm, we lost one of our most familiar faces and most respected reporters. WTOC's Mike Manhatton passed away after losing his battle with cancer. This was posted on the station's website:

This is a very sad day here at WTOC. We have lost one of our best friends and colleagues. Mike Manhatton passed away last night from complications from cancer he was battling. Mike has been with us here at WTOC nearly 33 years - a phenomenal reporter, and gifted anchorman. WTOC and the community have truly lost an amazing man, and a wonderful friend. We ask that you keep Mike's family in your thoughts and prayers during this incredible difficult time.

Mike was always the consummate professional. We ran into each other quite often, usually at events for Children's Miracle Network of the Children's Hospital at Memorial (Backus). In the time that I knew him I never heard him utter a bad word about anyone. It was clear that news was his passion. It wasn't unusual to see him out in the streets during the worst of storms to show viewers just how bad the situation was.

When I think of WTOC, Mike was one of the first names and faces that came to mind. And that doesn't stop now. I just won't get to run into him any more and that makes me sad.

Rest in peace, compadre.