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Pat Simon

Pat Simon morning anchor on WAAY 31 News

Title: Pat is an anchor on WAAY 31 News Mornings

I guess you could say I grew up with a “Mr. Microphone” in my hand. I admit as a youngster to rigging the family stereo in order to entertain the neighborhood kids in my hometown of Lafayette, Louisiana.
Luckily, that “gig” would somehow help to launch my career in radio - and television news later on.
From the bayous to Baton Rouge, I cut my teeth in television news at WAFB (CBS) – anchoring the morning and noon shows. I 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 I moved to the mountains of western North Carolina to WLOS (ABC) covering the 2006 presidential primaries and investigating the community impact from an abandoned company’s toxic ground contamination. I returned to Louisiana to anchor the evening news at KSLA (CBS) in Shreveport, where I was proud to receive an EMMY Award nomination for my series of reports on cyberbullying.
I eventually moved back to the mountains – of West Virginia – and anchored the evening news at WOWK (CBS) in Charleston where I primarily reported on issues affecting our veterans and their families. I was humbled to recently receive an EMMY Award nomination for my report “Honor Flight: One Last Mission.”
I graduated from LSU and former President Ronald Reagan was our commencement speaker that day. That same day, I was also commissioned as an Army officer. I 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.
I feel 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. I look forward to telling your stories.

Recent Posts by Pat Simon

New coronavirus safety measures awaiting employees’ return to Huntsville Toyota plant

The company has been working to comply with federal safety guidelines and local and state ordinances.

Nazi concentration camp survivor and liberator reunite in North Alabama 75 years later

Last month, Honored Legacies for Veterans invited WAAY 31 to capture a common bond between two North Alabama men. One is a survivor of that death camp and the other is his liberator.​

New guidelines announced for Alabama unemployment benefits during coronavirus pandemic

There are new eligibility guidelines for unemployment benefits for Alabama workers who are not able to work during the coronavirus pandemic.

Restrictions placed on visitors of Alabama VA homes

Public access has been restricted to the four VA homes in Alabama by the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs, along with restrictions on all long-term homes to protect against the coronavirus.

'There’s no need to panic:’ Gov. Kay Ivey urges coronavirus calm for Alabamians

“There’s no need to panic or close huge events right now. Not in Alabama at least.”

Gov. Kay Ivey helps launch Alabama 2020 Census campaign

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey helped kick off the Alabama 2020 Census on Thursday.

President Trump views Tennessee tornado damage, offers hope

Residents said Trump’s visit meant a lot to them.

Amendment 1: What to know about move to take peoples’ vote out of Alabama education leadership

When voters head to the polls on Super Tuesday, March 3, they will not only vote on candidates in the primary. They will also vote on creating a newly formed Alabama education commission for grades K-12.

North Alabama still impacted by U.S., China trade war

While a temporary trade truce may have just begun, many in north Alabama who rely on global trade are still feeling the sting of the existing trade war between the U.S. and China.

Hometown Heroes: Boy’s flags honor fallen police officers like Huntsville’s Billy Clardy III

11-year-old Brooks Bedsole's hobby of making American flags for fallen police officers became his calling.

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