Evan Pinsonnault: A closer look at your local morning news anchor

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Evan grew up in western Massachusetts discovering his desire for music, theater and performing at a young age.

“I’ve had a passion for theatre and performance for as long as I can remember,” Pinsonnault said.

Performing on the stage in plays, he knew he wanted to be in the spotlight.

Pinsonnault took his desire to a new level when went to college at George Washington University in Washington D.C., where he received a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in theater.

How are theater and politics related?

“If I was going to go into politics, I better be a darn good performer, Pinsonnault said.”

He took an opportunity to get on camera utilizing his degree.

“That passion jumped from the stage to the TV screen in college while I was at GWU and had the chance to be the on-campus features reporter for GW-TV,” said Pinsonnault.  “Soon after I graduated, I used those entertaining and eye-opening experiences to get into Syracuse, where I pursued a broadcast journalism and communications master’s degree.”

He earned his master’s at Syracuse University at the S. I. Newhouse.

His first job after graduation was at 13WMAZ in Macon, Ga., where he worked as a reporter, news anchor and sports anchor.

This is when Pinsonnault started to become recognized for his work, and earning awards in his career like, “ The City Pulse Top of the Town Award as “Best TV Personality three years in a row, said WLNS.com.”

Pinsonnault joined WLNS-TV6 in Lansing in the summer of 2009.

Pinsonnault created his own franchise called Pick a Place for Pinsonnault, where he showcased positive news about Mid-Michigan locales.

Pinsonnault also reinvented the Tell Me Something Good segment on WLNS, highlighting the “good news” stories of the community each week.

Pinsonnault takes the stage

In January, Pinsonnault launched The Evan Michael Show, his own variety show on WHTV (Channel 18 in Lansing)

“I honed my craft as a storyteller while using my strengths from theater, acting, comedy and improv to really find my very own TV niche,” Pinsonnault said.  “A morning show and late-night show personality that could keep people informed and entertained all throughout the program.”

The show features live performances from singers, dancers and comedians.

“I believe everyone has an interesting story to tell and I’m thrilled I now get the chance to highlight the positive and entertaining parts of those stories,” he said.

When asked how it feels to have his own show Pinsonnault, “It’s surreal. I’ve always wanted to have my own show since I was a little kid.”

Evan Pinsonnault, morning news anchor and host of The Evan Michael Show, now lives his dream.

Danielle St. Marie

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