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MBA, Colorado Mesa University
BA, Colorado Mesa University


Michael Moran is a lecturer of speech. He teaches Speechmaking and coaches the university's speech and debate team.

A native of western New York, Moran has worked in the media business most of his life. He began as a part-time radio disc jockey and newscaster in Rochester, New York, from 1980 to 1986, and moved to Grand Junction to work as a television sports anchor at KJCT-TV. He was promoted to weekend sports anchor at KRDO-TV in Colorado Springs, Colo., but returned to Grand Junction to be the news director at KJCT-TV. He worked as the news director at KREX-TV, news producer in Panama City, Fla., news director at KTVE-TV in Monroe, La., and news director at KKCO-TV in Grand Junction. Moran then became an advertising salesman at KKCO-TV from 1999 to 2005, and was a reporter for The Business Times newspaper from 2005-2011. He was a full-time instructor of speechmaking at CMU from 2011-2012, and was a Colorado Realtor for Heiden Homes Realty and Associates in 2012. Moran has taught media and speech courses at CMU for 12 years.

He's married to the real estate business, as his wife, Toni Heiden, owns a real estate company in downtown Grand Junction. Moran is active in the Kiwanis Club of Grand Junction, where he chairs the publicity and Habitat for Humanity construction committees. He also chairs the education committee for the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens and serves on the publicity committee of the United Way of Mesa County.

Moran found CMU's MBA program to be an invaluable help in gaining insights into business, which have helped him write more in-depth and informative business stories and helped him assist his wife in managing, marketing and operating Heiden Homes Realty. He has also taught seminars on generational differences in the workplace, which developed from a class project and helped pay the bill for his degree.