Broadcast journalist Mike Boettcher to appear May 17 at PTC

May 15, 2024 | Headlines

PONCA CITY  — Award Winning broadcast journalist Mike Boettcher will speak at 6:30 p.m. on May 17 at the Conference Center of Pioneer Technology Center.

“Evening with Mike Boettcher” is a fundraiser for the Po-Hi Alumni Hall of Fame Endowment Fund, in which Boettcher will speak and answer questions.

Boettcher, a 1972 graduate of Ponca City High School and a charter inductee of the Ponca City High School Alumni Hall of Fame, will speak and answer questions submitted from the audience.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. and a buffett and drinks will be available.

Mike Boettcher

Ponca City Public Schools Superintendent Adam Leaming will serve as Master of Ceremonies and Suzanne Boettcher, Mike’s sister in law, will introduce him.

Boettcher is a multiple Emmy and Peabody award winner for his reporting from war zones across the globe. He has survived IED blasts, bombings, gunfire and kidnapping. His latest contribution is “An American Bombing: The Road to April 19th (2024)” now streaming on Max, formerly HBO Max. It is executive produced by his former NBC colleague Katie Couric.

“Mike’s first-hand knowledge of reporting on our troops engaged in combat and fighting terrorism is second to none,” said event co-chair Sandy James. “He saw the Berlin Wall come down and was embedded with our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. He covered the bombing in Oklahoma City and was one of four journalists approved to interview Timothy McVeigh in prison. This is an opportunity of a lifetime for our community to hear from one of our own who has lived the experience.”

Tickets are $30 with proceeds funding scholarships for graduating Wildcats. Tickets are available at Ponca City Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Education Building and online at