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Mike Straka

Journalist, Producer, Sports Analyst

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Mike Straka Biography

“No matter how many ‘no’s you hear, it only takes one ‘yes’ to make your career.”

Pioneer of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) coverage, veteran broadcast journalist and author Mike Straka has a million colorful stories and an inspiring message about personal success.

Mike is the co-host of Spike’s "MMA Uncensored Live." A truly interactive experience, the show invites MMA fans to participate on Twitter and Facebook, via live polls during the show, and by the invitation to suggest ideas for segments. It’s broadcast live on Spike TV from MTV Studios in Times Square every Thursday at 11 p.m.

Former host of HDNet’s "Fighting Words with Mike Straka" (and author of the 2011 book "Fighting Words: In-Depth Interviews with the Biggest Names in Mixed Martial Arts"), Mike began his broadcasting career as an entry-level page at CBS Television, working his way up as a desk assistant, tape operator, writer, producer, and eventually a vice president and executive producer at the number one rated cable news channel.

Through perseverance honed as a collegiate wrestler and lifelong martial artist, and the insight into the TV business that comes with 20 years of working in the industry, Straka has a unique message: Never Say No to a Job.

“All you have is your reputation, and in order to gain a good reputation, you have to be flexible and patient with your goals,” says Straka. “Everyone has to get in the door in the first place. It doesn’t matter how you get there or what you’re doing when you do. What matters is how you do it once you’re in.”

Speaking Topics
  • My Life in Broadcast Journalism, or How to Succeed at Anything by Really Trying

    Mike Straka loves to motivate young people. In this talk, specifically geared to people just starting out in their careers, Mike distills the essence of his broadcast journalism success. Often called “the interviewer’s interviewer,” the veteran broadcaster has a knack for getting the very best out of his subjects – whether it’s Tom Cruise, Jon Bon Jovi – or Chuck Liddell. Depending on the audience, Mike will delve deeply into the nuts and bolts of on-air interviews, or use his experience as an inspirational example to help college students understand how to use their passion to open career doors. “I’m not anyone special – my dad was a UPS man – but hard work and integrity and being the ‘go-to’ guy really works,” says Mike. “Never say no to a job.” (For students of media and broadcast journalism, this engagement can include an interactive workshop.)

  • MMA Uncensored: An In-Depth Look at Mixed Martial Arts

    Mike Straka brings your audience inside the cage and behind the scenes of Mixed Martial Arts. As host of Spike’s MMA Uncensored Live and Fighting Words, Mike Straka has sat down with the men who have shaped – and continue to shape – the world of Mixed Martial Arts. In this multimedia presentation, Mike, the first mainstream media broadcaster to cover MMA as a sport, shares anecdotes from such industry giants as Dana White and Randy Couture, showing audiences why MMA is the fastest-growing sport on the planet.

  • Fighting Words: An Evening with Mike Straka

    Let Mike motivate your audience with his fighting words, amazing stories, and insights into success in any field. His own story is inspiring and riveting and funny, from his start as an actor and a CBS page to his rise as a broadcaster and producer at FOX to his fame in bringing Mixed Martial Arts to a mass audience. He’s covered everything from 9/11 to the Olympics and the Academy Awards. In this high-energy talk, peppered with multimedia snippets from his amazing interviews, Mike distills the personal motivational insights that have driven his career: maintaining integrity in the workplace, always saying yes to new opportunities, never shying away from risks. It’s a perfect keynote address, after-dinner speech, or small-audience motivational rouser. He’ll leave everyone in your audience ready to go out and fight to turn their dream jobs into their day jobs.

Books
Fighting Words: In-Depth Interviews with the Biggest Names in Mixed Martial Arts

Fighting Words: In-Depth Interviews with the Biggest Names in Mixed Martial Arts

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Grrr! Celebrities Are Ruining Our Country...and Other Reasons Why We're All in Trouble

FAQs
  • HOW TO BOOK Mike Straka?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Mike Straka for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Mike Straka, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Mike Straka or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Mike Straka?

    Speaking fees for Mike Straka, or any other keynote speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The amount that Mike Straka charges to speak often varies according to the circumstances, including their schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Mike Straka, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Mike Straka?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Mike Straka for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Mike Straka for your next private or corporate function.
  • WHAT IS A FULL-SERVICE TALENT BOOKING AGENCY?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Mike Straka or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Mike Straka or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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Mike Straka Biography

“No matter how many ‘no’s you hear, it only takes one ‘yes’ to make your career.”

Pioneer of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) coverage, veteran broadcast journalist and author Mike Straka has a million colorful stories and an inspiring message about personal success.

Mike is the co-host of Spike’s "MMA Uncensored Live." A truly interactive experience, the show invites MMA fans to participate on Twitter and Facebook, via live polls during the show, and by the invitation to suggest ideas for segments. It’s broadcast live on Spike TV from MTV Studios in Times Square every Thursday at 11 p.m.

Former host of HDNet’s "Fighting Words with Mike Straka" (and author of the 2011 book "Fighting Words: In-Depth Interviews with the Biggest Names in Mixed Martial Arts"), Mike began his broadcasting career as an entry-level page at CBS Television, working his way up as a desk assistant, tape operator, writer, producer, and eventually a vice president and executive producer at the number one rated cable news channel.

Through perseverance honed as a collegiate wrestler and lifelong martial artist, and the insight into the TV business that comes with 20 years of working in the industry, Straka has a unique message: Never Say No to a Job.

“All you have is your reputation, and in order to gain a good reputation, you have to be flexible and patient with your goals,” says Straka. “Everyone has to get in the door in the first place. It doesn’t matter how you get there or what you’re doing when you do. What matters is how you do it once you’re in.”

Mike Straka Speaking Topics

  • My Life in Broadcast Journalism, or How to Succeed at Anything by Really Trying

    Mike Straka loves to motivate young people. In this talk, specifically geared to people just starting out in their careers, Mike distills the essence of his broadcast journalism success. Often called “the interviewer’s interviewer,” the veteran broadcaster has a knack for getting the very best out of his subjects – whether it’s Tom Cruise, Jon Bon Jovi – or Chuck Liddell. Depending on the audience, Mike will delve deeply into the nuts and bolts of on-air interviews, or use his experience as an inspirational example to help college students understand how to use their passion to open career doors. “I’m not anyone special – my dad was a UPS man – but hard work and integrity and being the ‘go-to’ guy really works,” says Mike. “Never say no to a job.” (For students of media and broadcast journalism, this engagement can include an interactive workshop.)

  • MMA Uncensored: An In-Depth Look at Mixed Martial Arts

    Mike Straka brings your audience inside the cage and behind the scenes of Mixed Martial Arts. As host of Spike’s MMA Uncensored Live and Fighting Words, Mike Straka has sat down with the men who have shaped – and continue to shape – the world of Mixed Martial Arts. In this multimedia presentation, Mike, the first mainstream media broadcaster to cover MMA as a sport, shares anecdotes from such industry giants as Dana White and Randy Couture, showing audiences why MMA is the fastest-growing sport on the planet.

  • Fighting Words: An Evening with Mike Straka

    Let Mike motivate your audience with his fighting words, amazing stories, and insights into success in any field. His own story is inspiring and riveting and funny, from his start as an actor and a CBS page to his rise as a broadcaster and producer at FOX to his fame in bringing Mixed Martial Arts to a mass audience. He’s covered everything from 9/11 to the Olympics and the Academy Awards. In this high-energy talk, peppered with multimedia snippets from his amazing interviews, Mike distills the personal motivational insights that have driven his career: maintaining integrity in the workplace, always saying yes to new opportunities, never shying away from risks. It’s a perfect keynote address, after-dinner speech, or small-audience motivational rouser. He’ll leave everyone in your audience ready to go out and fight to turn their dream jobs into their day jobs.

Mike Straka Books

FAQs on booking Mike Straka

  • How to book Mike Straka?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Mike Straka for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Mike Straka, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Mike Straka or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Mike Straka?

    Speaking fees for Mike Straka, or any other keynote speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The amount that Mike Straka charges to speak often varies according to the circumstances, including their schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Mike Straka, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Mike Straka?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Mike Straka for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Mike Straka for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Mike Straka or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Mike Straka or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Mike Straka is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as My Life in Broadcast Journalism, or How to Succeed at Anything by Really Trying, MMA Uncensored: An In-Depth Look at Mixed Martial Arts and Fighting Words: An Evening with Mike Straka. The estimated speaking fee range to book Mike Straka for your event is available upon request. Mike Straka generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Dee Snider, Mike Greenberg, David Feherty, Bob Costas and Sebastian Salazar. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Mike Straka for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Mike Straka Speaking Topics

  • My Life in Broadcast Journalism, or How to Succeed at Anything by Really Trying

    Mike Straka loves to motivate young people. In this talk, specifically geared to people just starting out in their careers, Mike distills the essence of his broadcast journalism success. Often called “the interviewer’s interviewer,” the veteran broadcaster has a knack for getting the very best out of his subjects – whether it’s Tom Cruise, Jon Bon Jovi – or Chuck Liddell. Depending on the audience, Mike will delve deeply into the nuts and bolts of on-air interviews, or use his experience as an inspirational example to help college students understand how to use their passion to open career doors. “I’m not anyone special – my dad was a UPS man – but hard work and integrity and being the ‘go-to’ guy really works,” says Mike. “Never say no to a job.” (For students of media and broadcast journalism, this engagement can include an interactive workshop.)

  • MMA Uncensored: An In-Depth Look at Mixed Martial Arts

    Mike Straka brings your audience inside the cage and behind the scenes of Mixed Martial Arts. As host of Spike’s MMA Uncensored Live and Fighting Words, Mike Straka has sat down with the men who have shaped – and continue to shape – the world of Mixed Martial Arts. In this multimedia presentation, Mike, the first mainstream media broadcaster to cover MMA as a sport, shares anecdotes from such industry giants as Dana White and Randy Couture, showing audiences why MMA is the fastest-growing sport on the planet.

  • Fighting Words: An Evening with Mike Straka

    Let Mike motivate your audience with his fighting words, amazing stories, and insights into success in any field. His own story is inspiring and riveting and funny, from his start as an actor and a CBS page to his rise as a broadcaster and producer at FOX to his fame in bringing Mixed Martial Arts to a mass audience. He’s covered everything from 9/11 to the Olympics and the Academy Awards. In this high-energy talk, peppered with multimedia snippets from his amazing interviews, Mike distills the personal motivational insights that have driven his career: maintaining integrity in the workplace, always saying yes to new opportunities, never shying away from risks. It’s a perfect keynote address, after-dinner speech, or small-audience motivational rouser. He’ll leave everyone in your audience ready to go out and fight to turn their dream jobs into their day jobs.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent and wish to request a profile update or removal from our online directory, please submit a profile request form.

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