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This September, Mike Bettes will host the 36th annual Mid-America Emmy Awards in Kansas City. Mike Bettes is a familiar name and face from The Weather Channel’s “Your Weather Today,” a program he co-hosts, and his fill in work on NBC’s “Today” show. He was in Branson earlier this year when a twister tore along the city’s famous strip. And, he was on the ground in Joplin shortly after the EF5 tornado hit in May, 2011. Those connections make Bettes a good choice to host the Emmy ceremony, according to Angie Weidinger, Mid-America Chapter President for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
“He’s traveled around this area quite a bit covering tornados with The Weather Channel’s “Tornado Hunt” show, but also his relationship with Joplin. He was on the scene 10 minutes after the tornado devastated that area and really got a connection with this side of the world and Missouri.”
In an interview KSMU, Mike Bettes recalled his recent trip to Joplin for the one year anniversary observance of the EF5 tornado.
“I feel like I have a special connection to Missouri. Having gone back for the one year anniversary, it was really important for me personally to be there after what happened last May. And everyone was so gracious when we were there for the one year anniversary. I just thought it was a real honored to be asked and very excited to do it.”
Bettes says he’s looking forward to reconnecting with some of the local reporters he’s met during his trips to Missouri. Also at this year’s Emmy ceremony, Kansas City-based Hallmark Hall of Fame productions will receive the Governor’s Award for Lifetime Achievement.