Mike Narisi is a photo-journalist and television businessman who began his career in 1968 as a studio cameraman at KFSM-TV in Ft. Smith. Over the past fifty years (only interrupted by a two-year stint in the Navy) Mike has worked with local television stations, broadcast networks, and cable channels. During that time-period he has covered the most important stories in Arkansas and the country.
In local television, Mike worked at KATV-TV, KARK-TV, and KTHV-TV in Little Rock where he was chief photographer. In the 1980’ for several years, he was producer/photographer for the Bill Dance fishing show. After going free-lance in the 1990’s, he worked regularly for NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS, and the Weather Channel. As a news photographer, he has been a member of the traveling press corps for several presidential campaigns from Bill Clinton to most recently Donald Trump. In 2001, NBC News brought Mike to New York City to cover the 911 aftermath for several weeks.
After going independent in 1990, Mike also established news production facility with a fiber optic connection to service networks. Hailstone Creek Productions hosts live programs like Geraldo Rivera and Rachel Maddow while providing live studio shots for political commentators Mike Huckabee, General Wesley Clark, and other nationally known political figures.
In addition to Hailstone, Mike partnered with Ron Blome to create Sat-Link in 1995, a satellite truck operation that provides live field connectivity and photography to networks. Sat-Link was one of the first independent satellite operations in the country and the first in a five-state area. In most major stories in the region, the Sat-Link truck is the first choice for networks.
Mike is still working as a photo-journalist and can be seen at natural disasters and other breaking news stories.