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Michael Finney Biography

Michael Finney is an American news presenter and talk show host. He is a recipient of the Golden Mic Awards and Emmy Award for his contributions to consumer reporting journalism. He currently works as a journalist for KGO (AM).

Michael Finney Education

He grew up in the Bay Area and graduated from California State University at Chico. He returned home to the Bay Area after working in newsrooms throughout the Western United States in 1991.

Michael Finney ABC7 Career

He joined ABC7 News in 1991. Finney’s consumer reporting has received many prestigious awards in broadcast journalism including honors from several Press Clubs, The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Radio Television News Directors Association and the Associated Press. Community groups such as Consumer Action, The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights and The National Association of Consumer Advocates have also honored his work.

His 7 On Your Side reports can be seen at 4, 5 & 6 p.m. on ABC7 News. His “Consumer Talk” radio show is heard every Saturday afternoon between 1 – 4 p.m. on KGO-AM810. His first book, Michael Finney’s Consumer Confidential was a top 10 best seller on The Amazon Business list. His new book, The Definitive Guide to Bay Area Deals, is scheduled for a fall 2012 release.

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Michael Finney’s journalism teacher was Bill Goggin at Ray Lyman Wilbur Junior High School in Palo Alto. Goggin is responsible for all of this since he taught him, “The job of the journalist is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.” That’s pretty much what I’ve been up to ever since. Finney started 7 On Your Side here at ABC7 News and over the past 20 years he has sent bad guys to prison, forced product recalls and returned millions of dollars to consumers.

All because he spend so much time dealing with legal issues, midcareer I returned to law school. The education has served him and ABC7 News viewers well. Many of his close friends don’t know that as a young reporter he covered the ’89 Loma Prieta Quake, Oakland fire storm, L.A. riots, and numerous floods, forest fires and other calamities. Let me tell you it is other worldly to be on a boat, in the middle of a hurricane attempting to reach a devastated Kauai because the air space has been closed.

No electricity, no lights, just the silhouette of a mountain rising out of the ocean. I know what that island looked like to ancient mariners. There is little I like more than to “afflict the comfortable”, but among those is skateboarding with my son, watching my daughter cheer and having a nice Pinot Noir on a warm summer day in the wine country with my wife.

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