Mickey BurnsFounder & President, Quest Media Entertainment, Staten Island, NY
Mickey Burns found his way to Missouri Valley College in 1965 from New Dorp High School in Staten Island, New York, where as a senior his New Dorp football team finished undefeated as well as New York City public school champions. As a running back Mickey’s yards per carry average (10.2) is a single season school record that still stands today. At Missouri Valley Mickey was a three-year starter at Tailback, as well as a three-year starter for the baseball team.
After graduating from Missouri Valley in 1969 Mickey earned his Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Central Missouri in 1970. He then headed back to New York City and began teaching and coaching basketball at McKee High School in Staten Island, NY. After a13-year tenure at McKee, Mickey compiled a record of 181-79. His winning percentage still ranks among the top ten in Staten Island High School basketball history that included three undefeated regular seasons. In 1977-78 his team won 23 straight games before losing in the Public School Championship game by 4 points to Dewitt Clinton High School of the Bronx – Dewitt had 6,000 male students; McKee had 800 boys! That season Mickey was selected as a McDonald’s “All American Coach.”
In the 1980s, Mickey entered the broad casting industry, first at Fox News in New York City, in production of the 10 O’Clock News. While at Fox he served on two Emmy Award-winning productions: (i) `Pro-Live v. Pro-Choice’ (1987), a program about the reproductive rights debate in the United States; and (ii) `Scared to Death’ (1988), a program centering on domestic violence.
During the 1990s Mickey began working in the front of the camera as a reporter and host for several television programs that included Special Edition, Island View, and Staten Island Live. For most of that decade Mickey also served as a Reporter for Election Night coverage for Time Warner Cable. In 1996 he founded Quest Media Entertainment Inc. in Staten Island, N.Y., a television production company that produces television programs, television commercials, corporate promotional videos, and event filming.
In 1999 he created and began hosting the celebrity interview program `Profiles;’ three years later, `Profiles’ became syndicated in other countries, such as Japan, and in the U.S. Virgin Islands. In 2003 the show was acquired by New York City’s official television network, NYC TV. In 2006, upon celebrating the program’s 100th episode milestone, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg wrote: “Over the past three years, your exemplary program has offered New Yorkers 100 opportunities to learn more about the long line of luminaries who have made our great city the entertainment capital of the world.”
Currently, Mickey has hosted and produced 225 episodes of `Profiles’ with guests that have included: Joe Montana, Dr. Maya Angelou, Joan Rivers, Danny Glover, Isaac Hayes, Joan Collins, Mario Lopez, Sally Struthers, Kinky Friedman, George Foreman, Billy Ray Cyrus, and Mary Wilson.