Pat McReynolds is an award winning, veteran journalist, whose career in the industry spanned 24 years and 7 television markets. For the last two years, he has been a governing board member of the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences. He’s enjoyed every minute, especially his work on the events committee, and would love to stick around and build on the experience he’s gained.
Originally from St. Louis, Pat graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri in 1993. While there, he reported and anchored for NBC’s KOMU-TV.
He then jumped to WGEM-TV in Quincy, IL, and got his feet wet in the business (literally) as he reported during the devastating Midwest flood of 1993. At WGEM-TV, Pat reported, produced and anchored, even including stints in weather and sports.
After a year in the Midwest, Pat moved to the South, spending just eight months at WLEX-TV in Lexington, KY. While there, he was honored with an Associated Press award for keeping his cool while being shot at live on television.
He then headed even deeper into the South to WBRC-TV in Birmingham, AL. There, Pat was the co-host of the No. 1 rated morning show, “Good Day Alabama.”His series of reports on the corrupt Birmingham Water Works Board helped launch several state investigations.
In 2000, Pat moved to the Northwest as a reporter for KING-TV in Seattle. During that stint, Pat garnered six Emmy nominations, including two for best reporter in the Northwest region. He flew with the Air Force during the early days of Hurricane Katrina, detailing the frantic evacuation of victims out of New Orleans.
In 2005, he won his first Emmy and was honored by the Society of Professional Journalists for his series of compelling reports from Iraq, where he showed the plight of U.S. soldiers based in the Northwest. That next year, Pat won another Emmy and his first Edward R. Murrow award for his emotional account of a Seattle photographer who volunteers her time snapping portraits of terminally ill children.
In 2006, Pat moved to the beach, anchoring the evening and late news for WTKR-TV in Norfolk, VA. His investigation into a bogus job-placement service prompted the state attorney general to launch a criminal investigation and shut the place down. He also uncovered mistakes within the Norfolk court system that tragically set a convicted criminal free to commit murder. That report forced vital changes in court procedure.
In it’s first year as the co-anchor of the Start Smart CBS5 Morning News in Phoenix in 2011, he won an ensemble Emmy for best morning show.
Pat left the industry in 2015, but now owns McReynolds Media LLC, a media training and production company. The NATAS Governing Board allows him to stay connected to an industry he loves, and considers a calling.