The Iowa High School Athletic Directors Association is proud to recognize Mike Oeffner for a 2020 IHSADA Sports Media Award.
Mike grew up in rural O’Brien County in northwest Iowa. He attended Sutherland Elementary School and South O’Brien High School in Paullina, graduating in 1995. As a Wolverine, Mike participated in multiple sports as well as band.
Mike continued his education at Morningside College in Sioux City, majoring in Mass Communications while writing sports for The Collegian Reporter campus newspaper and broadcasting Chief/Mustang athletic events for KMSC Radio.
Mike graduated from Morningside in the spring of 1999 and began working as the Sports Editor for the Harlan (IA) Newspapers less than a week later. During the last 20 years, he has covered the athletic programs at Harlan Community, IKM-Manning, AHSTW and Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton, along with previous coverage of Walnut and Tri-Center. The Harlan Newspapers currently feature four school districts in its twice-weekly publication.