Mike McIntyre grew up wanting to be a professional wrestler. But when that dream fizzled, he put all his brawn into becoming a professional writer.
The man known to many around town as Mike On Crime has been body-slamming the competition ever since joining the Free Press in 1997.
As justice reporter working out of the downtown law courts, Mike had a daily front-row seat to some of the worst society has to offer. But he remains proud and passionate about the great city of Winnipeg, where he was born and raised.
Whether it’s sitting down with a grieving victim’s family or a criminal behind bars at Stony Mountain, Mike is always striving to hear every side of a story.
Mike left the daily crime beat in the summer of 2016 to tackle a new multi-faceted role at the Free Press. He joined the sports team at the paper – fulfilling a dream he’s had since the day he started writing – and is a regular contributor on that front.
As well, Mike continues to work on special news projects for the Free Press, including investigations and features into various social justice issues.
Mike has written and published six true crime books on some of Manitoba’s most notorious cases. He has also produced and hosted his own weekly Crime and Punishment radio show since 2004. The nationally syndicated program is heard every Sunday evening on CJOB in Winnipeg and carried across the Corus Radio network in Canada.
He is a frequent public speaker and justice pundit. And he is vocal advocate of the Creative Communications program at Red River College, from where he graduated in 1995 and was honoured to receive their first-ever Alumni Award of Achievement in 2011.
Mike credits his wife Chassity for being his biggest supporter. He is also a dedicated minor hockey coach, spending the last 10 winters leading his son's and daughter's teams.
All told, Mike is enjoying a career he wouldn’t trade for anything – not even the wild life of a professional wrestler.