senior producer Nebraska Public Media
Mike Tobias has produced a wide range of engaging stories, documentaries and projects since joining Nebraska Public Media in 2000. His content for television, radio and digital distribution has earned numerous honors, including three regional Emmys, a national Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism and 22 Nebraska Broadcasters Association awards, and aired nationally on PBS and NPR programs.
Among other projects, Tobias currently hosts and produces a series on innovation and creativity in Nebraska, “What If…” (nebraskapublicmedia.org/WhatIf). Past projects include “Sold for Sex,” an in-depth examination of sex trafficking in Nebraska; “Classroom Conversations,” a discussion-based program on different aspects of Nebraska’s death penalty vote; “On the Frontline,” which follows a Nebraska National Guard unit’s year of combat in Iraq; and “Devil Clouds,” the story of the worst tornado outbreak in Nebraska history.
Before joining Nebraska Public Media in 2000, Tobias worked in university relations at Nebraska Wesleyan University and as a reporter/photographer/anchor at Lincoln CBS affiliate KOLN-TV. He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1986.
Tobias grew up in an Air Force family. He was born in Peru, Indiana, and lived in Indiana, Arkansas, Texas and Okinawa before settling in Bellevue, Nebraska, and graduating from Bellevue West High School. He is married and has three children.