Michelle Li is a multi-skilled journalist and fill-in anchor at 5 On Your Side in St. Louis, Missouri. She came to the station from 5 On Your Side’s sister station, KING 5 in Seattle, in April 2021.
Born and raised in the Kansas City area, Michelle is no stranger to St. Louis. She’s married to an STL native and says throughout her career they’ve always had to search for fellow Cardinals fans, toasted ravioli and provel on pizza.
“I am so excited and humbled to come home to Missouri and work for my dream station,” said Michelle. “KSDK is a legacy newsroom filled with legendary journalists, and the people of St. Louis are truly some of the best people on Earth. Local journalism matters more than ever, and I can't wait to plant roots, and do my best to make an impact in and outside of the newsroom."
Michelle has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from University of Kansas and has nearly two decades of broadcast experience. Before working at KING, she worked as the main evening anchor at WISC in Madison, Wisconsin; WSFX-WECT in Wilmington, North Carolina; and KY3 in Springfield, Missouri.
As a Korean adoptee, Michelle is passionate about using her spare time to volunteer and advocate for adoptees and their families. In 2010, she was recognized by Congress with the Angel in Adoption Award for her work with adoptees and children in foster care.
Michelle’s work has earned more than a dozen awards, including regional Emmys and national Murrow Awards. She’s reported on a wide variety of topics, including hurricanes, tornadoes, and blizzards, but says her favorite assignment was spending several weeks on the road covering Final Fours while chasing the Wisconsin Badgers.
Michelle is married and says one of her greatest joys is being a mom. As a family, they enjoy cooking, exploring the outdoors and catching up on sleep.