A southern boy, born and bred - a man of faith - and a Triad advocate. Emmy-nominated journalist Frank Mickens has built his career on character and the quest for truth. Frank was born in Jackson, MS. But he found it appropriate to trade the heat and humidity of his hometown for snow - rain or shine - at Syracuse University where he earned his degree in broadcast journalism.
Since joining WFMY News2 in 2003, he's been a beat reporter, investigative reporter, and a noon and morning anchor. He is currently the evening anchor for WFMY News2 at 5, 6 and 11 p.m.
Perhaps his proudest moment as a journalist was a result of circumstance. After hearing about how few African-American children know how to swim, he decided to organize a free program for local children. Since 2008, more than 300 kids have been trained to swim for free.
Frank is also the minister of evangelism at World Victory International Christian Center where he plans initiatives to introduce people to the love and saving grace of Jesus Christ.
The Associated Press has recognized Frank with several awards for his journalism, including wins in the general news, spot news, and documentary categories. In his time away from work, he enjoys reading, travel, cooking and date nights with his wife. Most recently, he even dared to sign up for an adult soccer league, despite his creaking knees! The couple has two children - a two-year-old son and three-year-old daughter.
Q&A With Frank
If you weren't on television news, what would you do for a living?
Not sure. I would probably be a college professor, a lawyer or a minister.
Do you have any pets?
I have a cat named Amber. She plays fetch and loves to play with boxes and plastic bags. It's cheap to keep her happy.
What is your favorite food?
Lasagna, macaroni and cheese, chicken pot pie, strawberry ice cream. I can't choose just one.
What is your favorite book?
The Bible. It's got everything I need to know.
What are your hobbies?
Singing in the choir, bowling, cooking (not well), reading