By Shannon Johnson
Baker has had its fair share of success stories come out of this town from business owners to philanthropists and professional athletes to now an Emmy Award winning news anchor. MacLeod Hageman graduated from Baker High School in 2004 and recently earned an Emmy for Newscast of the Year along with his team in Waterloo, Iowa.
During his high school career, Hageman participated in Speech and Drama. “I guess you could say I got my desire to pursue a career in journalism under BHS Speech and Drama advisor, Carole Bettenhausen, while competing in HOI (Humorous Oral Interpretation),” Hageman noted. “I even placed fourth at state my senior year.”
After graduating high school, Hageman had an interesting college career. “I attended college at MSU-Bozeman, University of Montana in Missoula, and ended at MSU-Billings by graduating with my bachelor’s degree in Communications,” he explained. “I was accepted to the broadcast school of journalism in Missoula, but I changed my major to Communications after I started taking more Spanish classes.”
Hageman began his career in Billings as a reporter for KULR-8 News in 2010. “I worked up to anchoring and producing at KULR,” he acknowledged, “and then I went on to anchor for an independent network in Little Rock, Arkansas that aired shows throughout the nation.”
After working in Little Rock, Hageman began working for an NBC-affiliate station out of Iowa, KWWL News. “I had a lot of fun in Little Rock, but I missed reporting,” he admitted.
Working in Iowa never left Hageman short of notable experiences. “I worked as a reporter and anchor in Iowa where I was able to cover the 2016 election and interview a number of the presidential candidates,” Hageman explained. It was at KWWL where Hageman and his team earned their Emmy.
In May Hageman continued with his career, taking a full-time anchoring position in Evansville, Indiana for WEVV, a CBS/Fox-Affiliate station. “Right now, I anchor a 9 to 10 p.m. newscast Monday through Friday, and I couldn’t be happier,” said Hageman.