Mike Lynch is a sports correspondent for WCVB Channel 5’s award-winning sports department with special focus on his signature “High Five” high school sports series and the Thanksgiving night high school football special, as well as other major sporting events. Mike was formerly the principal weeknight sports anchor for WCVB for 34 years since September 1985 and a member of the WCVB sports team for 37 years since March 1982.
From 1995 through 2008, Mike hosted the weekly sports program “Patriots All Access,” a behind-the-scenes look at New England’s NFL franchise, and served as a broadcast commentator during Patriots pre-season games. He has also done play-by-play coverage for the Boston Celtics, New England Patriots, and college football. For eleven years, he hosted the Boston College weekly football coach’s show “Eagles Preview” on Channel 5.
In 1985, Mike initiated “High Five,” a weekly NewsCenter 5 report highlighting the achievements of high school student athletes. For over 30 years, these unique segments have been lauded by critics and received numerous honors for a continuing commitment to covering high school athletics.
Mike also continues to be instrumental in the annual production of “High 5 Salutes Thanksgiving Heroes,” WCVB’s half-hour wrap-up program of all the traditional high school football rivalries across the Bay State.
Mike was voted Massachusetts “Sportscaster of the Year” by the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association in 1985-1991, 1999, 2003, and 2006-2012 for a total of 16 times, the most honors of anyone in the history of the award. In 1987, SportsCenter 5 won the United Press International Award for “Best Sports Reporting” in the country.
Prior to coming to WCVB, he was sports director for Boston’s WMRE Radio, formerly WITS, from 1977 to 1983. During this time, Mike was responsible for the station’s Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins pre-game shows. In addition, he hosted a weeknight sports talk show and was the radio voice of Harvard University’s football broadcasts. Mike’s broadcasting career began in 1974 at WLYN Radio in Lynn, where he served as a color commentator for high school football and basketball broadcasts.
Mike was brought up in the Boston suburb of Swampscott. He graduated from Harvard in 1977. While in college, he quarterbacked and kicked for the Harvard team that won the 1975 Ivy League Football Championship. He also played first base for the Crimson baseball team.
Mike resides in Winchester, MA, with his wife Mary Ellen, and has three daughters Kelly, Molly and Katey.