Michael Kosnar is a producer for the award-winning NBC newsmagazine, Dateline NBC. He is based in Washington, DC.
Prior to joining NBC News in 1994, Kosnar served as an investigative reporter at WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His series of reports on salvage vehicles exposed loopholes in state regulations and led to new legislation in Wisconsin. Other stories of note at WTMJ-TV included reports on workplace safety, slumlords, repeat drunk drivers and crooked animal breeders.
Kosnar also was a reporter at WTOL-TV in Toledo, Ohio, where his work led to a state investigation into previously unknown toxic waste sites. He has extensive experience covering the nation's criminal and civil court system.
In his first job, Kosnar was assigned to cover the crime beat and the state capitol for WLNS-TV in Lansing, Michigan.
During his career, Kosnar has received numerous awards for both reporting and producing on a variety of subjects. He was honored with a national news Emmy for a story on retail fraud and was nominated three times for a local news Emmy in the Ohio market. Kosnar is also the recipient of 2 Associated Press awards, 2 Wisconsin Broadcasters Association awards. 2 Women in Communcations awards and 2 state bar association Golden Gavel awards. In addition, he was a member of the Dateline staff which won the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi award for breaking news coverage of the terrorist attacks on 9/11.
A native of Illinois, Kosnar received a degree in journalism from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.