Michael Gousha

Distinguished Fellow in Law and Public Policy
(414) 288-5232


Mike Gousha serves as a distinguished fellow in law and public policy at Marquette University Law School.  An award-winning journalist, Gousha explores important public policy issues through his work at the Lubar Center for Public Policy Research and Civic Education. He is the host of the Law School's "On the Issues" conversation series, and has been the solo moderator of numerous political debates, including the final debate of Wisconsin's historic 2012 recall election for Governor. In addition, Gousha continues to work as a contributing anchor and political analyst for WISN-TV in Milwaukee. He is the host of the weekly Sunday morning program "UpFront with Mike Gousha," which airs on ABC affiliates statewide.  

Gousha has earned numerous national and local honors during his journalism career,. In 2011, the Chicago chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences presented Gousha with its Silver Circle Emmy for his contributions to broadcast journalism. He is a member of the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame, the Milwaukee Press Club Hall of Fame, and has received the Associated Press' prestigious Carol Brewer award for outstanding, long-term contributions to broadcast journalism in Wisconsin.

Gousha joined Marquette Law School in 2007, after a 25 year career at WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee.  During his tenure at WTMJ, Gousha served as lead anchor and host of the popular interview program Sunday Night.  As a reporter, he has covered a wide array of local, national, and international stories. He traveled to El Salvador and Nicaragua in the 1980s to produce an award-winning series on the flight of refugees to Milwaukee. He has covered Presidential inaugurations and funerals, reported from six national political conventions, and was the moderator and a panelist at the 2004 Democratic Presidential Debate on the Marquette campus.

As host of Sunday Night,  Gousha interviewed more than 800 people over 17 years. The roster of guests includes a "who's who" of business, political, and religious leaders, along with actors, athletes, and authors.

Before coming to WTMJ-TV in 1981, Gousha worked at WSAW-TV in Wausau, Wisconsin and at WIBA Radio in Madison. He also worked as a print reporter for the Capital News Bureau in Madison. He joined WISN-TV in January of 2008.

Gousha graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1978 with a degree in journalism. He has deep roots in the Milwaukee area and his father was a former superintendent of the Milwaukee Public Schools.