Bettendorf Mayor Talks About  Mental Health Epidemic In Iowa
Mar10

Bettendorf Mayor Talks About Mental Health Epidemic In Iowa

This week in an interview on WQAD, Bettendorf Mayor Bob Gallagher expressed his concern about the mental health epidemic in the  State of Iowa and the struggle in finding solutions to the problem.  “You need to look no further than every single day in the newspaper or on your news station, something along the lines of mental health issues comes up,” Gallagher said. “It’s an epidemic for our law enforcement...

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Ashton Kutcher Makes Plea To Congress To End Human Trafficking
Feb17

Ashton Kutcher Makes Plea To Congress To End Human Trafficking

Ashton Kutcher spoke before Congress talking about the need to end human slavery and human trafficking. Which according to US Senator Bob Corker’s office, affects more than 27 million people around the world.   His passionate speech and the work his anti-trafficking foundation align with our work at Mickle Communications as we take a no-holds barred look at the modern day slavery known as human trafficking in our...

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Tackling Human Trafficking
Jan04

Tackling Human Trafficking

I always knew I wanted to produce a documentary.  I never dreamed we’d delve into such a dark, torturious, sadistic world.  The conversation began with a friend of mine who works in law enforcement.   As we talked about our careers, the good, the bad and the ugly, I shared with him my plans to do a documentary.  He asked if I’d ever considered exploring the issue of human trafficking. At the time, I had no idea that it even existed in...

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Human Trafficking In The Heartland Documentary To Air On WQPT Jan. 5th
Dec29

Human Trafficking In The Heartland Documentary To Air On WQPT Jan. 5th

Our latest documentary Human Trafficking In The Heartland will air on @wqptofficial Jan. 5th at 8 p.m., Jan. 6th at 1 a.m. and Jan. 8th at 9 p.m. #humantrafficking #micklecommunications #iowa #illinois A video posted by Mickle Communications (@micklecommunications) on Dec 10, 2016 at 11:35am PST “Human trafficking is a very real issue in the Midwest,” said Mike Mickle, President of Mickle Communications. “To prevent the problem,...

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If You Only Knew Documentary Now Available On Amazon
Dec28

If You Only Knew Documentary Now Available On Amazon

The Mickle Communications Emmy nominated documentary “If You Only Knew, The Journey Through Teen Depression And Suicide” is now available on Amazon. You can also buy it on Google Play and iTunes. The documentary is an in-depth look at an epidemic sweeping through high schools across America. We feature three families who share their stories of a loss many of us can’t imagine.  All three families lost teens to suicide...

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Human Trafficking In The Heartland
Dec11

Human Trafficking In The Heartland

Mickle Communications latest documentary Human Trafficking In the Heartland will air on Quad Cities Public Television, WQPT January 5th at 8 p.m., January 6th at 1 a.m. and January 8th at 9 p.m. According to a study of U.S. Department of Justice human trafficking task force cases, 83 percent of sex trafficking victims identified in the United States were U.S. citizens. The average age that U.S. citizens are first used for commercial...

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Mickle Communications Goes To The State Capital For Suicide Awareness Week
Sep09

Mickle Communications Goes To The State Capital For Suicide Awareness Week

At Mickle Communications we strive to further the conversation in whatever subject we are covering. This week is Suicide Prevention week in Iowa and Governor Terry Branstad invited parents who have lost children to his office for the official proclamation signing. The Governor’s office also invited Mickle Communications to attend because of our effort to raise awareness of the subject of teenage depression and suicide in the...

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An Emmy Award Would Be Great But Sharing The Message Matters
Aug17

An Emmy Award Would Be Great But Sharing The Message Matters

Sometimes the award or even the nomination you hope for isn’t the biggest prize. With 30 plus years as a broadcast journalist under my belt, I’ve always wondered what it would be like to be nominated for an Emmy.  It finally happened this week. Our documentary, “If You Only Knew: The Journey Through Teen Depression and Suicide” got the nod from the Mid-America Emmy Association.  Did it feel good to be recognized for our work? ...

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Mickle Communications Travels To Peru
Aug16

Mickle Communications Travels To Peru

Sometimes a story becomes so big, it’s almost impossible to tell. That is almost the case for what our team witnessed in Peru over the past ten days. What do you say to a mom who had to decide to sell some of her children because she couldn’t afford to feed all of them?  How does a parent decide what child will be forced into sex slavery or sold as slave labor?  How do you sit with a man who willingly admits he’s buying the children...

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Mickle Communications Travels To Peru To Document Human Trafficking
Aug14

Mickle Communications Travels To Peru To Document Human Trafficking

Mickle Communications brought to light the problem of human trafficking in our documentary “Human Trafficking in the Heartland.  Now we’re continuing the conversation by spending time in Peru with Voices4Peru, an organization of students from Pleasant Valley Community School District working to engage and empower the lives of individuals, families, and teenagers from Las Lomas Ventanilla. Harry Walker, head of photography...

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Sometimes You Have to Force The Conversation
Jun05

Sometimes You Have to Force The Conversation

Tackling the issue of teen depression and suicide isn’t easy. Nothing worthwhile normally is.

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