Mike Ritz is the first reporter hired by the Golf Channel and is the last original on-air personality still with the team. Through the years Ritz has covered every Tour extensively and has taken on a variety of jobs. He has anchored Golf Central; hosted dozens of Golf Channel specials and has worked on live tournament coverage as both the play-by-play host and player-interviewer. He earned his Bachelor's degree at the University of Wisconsin and then his Masters at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. Mike was a walk-on member of the Wisconsin golf team -- qualifying and playing his junior and senior years for the Badgers. Prior to Golf Channel, Ritz worked at several local television stations in Los Angeles, Dallas and Washington, D.C. While working in Washington he covered The White House as well as the Washington Redskins. Ritz is a D.C. native, having grown up in the Maryland suburbs.