You could say Pat Simon grew up with a “Mr. Microphone” in his hand. He admits as a youngster to rigging the family stereo in order to entertain the neighborhood kids in his hometown of Lafayette, Louisiana.
Luckily, that “gig” would somehow help to launch Pat’s career in radio - and television news later on.
From the bayous to Baton Rouge, He cut his teeth in television news at WAFB (CBS) – anchoring the morning and noon shows. Pat reported on everything from the impact of Hurricane Katrina to the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy (including an interview with former NASA Director Sean O’Keefe). Then he moved to the mountains of western North Carolina to WLOS (ABC) covering the 2008 presidential primaries and investigating the community impact from an abandoned company’s toxic ground contamination. Pat then returned to Louisiana to anchor the evening news at KSLA (CBS) in Shreveport, where he was proud to receive an EMMY Award nomination for his series of reports on cyberbullying.
He eventually moved back to the mountains – of West Virginia – and anchored the evening news at WOWK (CBS) in Charleston where he primarily reported on issues affecting our veterans and their families. Pat was humbled to recently receive an EMMY Award nomination for his report “Honor Flight: One Last Mission.”
Pat graduated from LSU and former President Ronald Reagan was the commencement speaker that day. That same day, he was also commissioned as an Army officer. Pat recently retired from the Army Reserves as a Lieutenant Colonel, having served a combat tour of duty in Iraq as well as numerous state emergency response missions.
Pat feels blessed to be back in the south and part of the WAAY-TV news team and the Huntsville community that enjoys such a rich history of supporting our military service members and their missions on Earth and in space.
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