I came to East Tennessee in 2007 to attend UT and have been working at WBIR since January 2011 when I interned in the sports department in my final semester of college. I worked my way up from intern to sports anchor, taking on the Sports Executive Producer/Anchor role in September 2016.
I feel blessed to live in beautiful East Tennessee. I love looking at the mountains any chance I get and I enjoy the tremendous passion for sports displayed by the people of East Tennessee. I've been fortunate to cover some really fun sporting events in my time at WBIR, most notably the Vols 2014 Sweet 16 run, Josh Dobbs' incredible breakout performance in a crazy comeback overtime win at South Carolina later that year, the largest college football game ever - Battle at Bristol, the Predators in the Stanley Cup Final and many high school football state championship games.
One of my favorite things I get to do here at WBIR is breaking down the X's and O's of Tennessee football in my "Film Study" segment. I started it back in 2014 when everyone was debating "zone" and "gap scheme" runs, explaining the difference between the two with the help of Vols offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian. Surprisingly, I was nominated for an Emmy Award for that first segment and since then, studying and explaining schemes has become a passion of mine and I really appreciate the feedback I've gotten from viewers who say they enjoy the segments.
I also enjoy telling stories, especially ones about the rich history of Tennessee football. One of my favorites that I've done is "10Sports Presents Peyton Stays," the story of Peyton Manning's decision to stay at UT for his senior season. I love that WBIR allows me and the sports team to take the time to tell long form stories like that and the others in our 10Sports Presents series.
And of course, nothing beats a Friday night filled with high school football. Nothing pumps me up like running through the band in the parking lot and getting to tell the great people of East Tennessee what happened in all the games that night on the 10Sports Blitz.
My wife, Kristen (fellow UT grad) and I welcomed our first child, Patrick III, into the world in October 2018. We live in Farragut with baby Pat and our Shetland sheepdog, Sadie. If you see us out for a walk or anywhere around town, feel free to stop and say hi! I always love meeting Channel 10 fans.
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I grew up in Oakland Park, Florida, going to games with my dad at Sun Life Stadium, Miami Arena, and BB&T Center. I was always playing whatever sport was in season, but baseball and football were my favorite.
I graduated from Cardinal Gibbons High School in 2007 and headed to Knoxville to study Sports Journalism at the University of Tennessee. I wrote for TNJN.com, worked with UT Athletics Broadcasting and played baseball for the club team. My last two years at UT, I lived in a 12th floor apartment across from campus with three of my best friends; we could see Neyland Stadium from our living room.
During my last semester at UT in the spring of 2011, I interned in the sports department at WBIR. After graduating I was hired on to cover high school football for our website. After high school football season was over, I became a production assistant, running cameras in the studio during the morning show. I worked my way up to news photographer, working for a year shooting news video and running live shots.
In January 2014, I accomplished my dream of working on-air in the sports department when I was named Sports Multimedia Journalist. Since then I've taken over the sports anchor role and have continued to enjoy covering the Vols and Lady Vols, along with the high school teams across East Tennessee.
My favorite pro teams are the Mets, Heat, Dolphins, and Panthers.
I love telling great sports stories and if you have any ideas feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow me on Twitter- @PatMurrayWBIR or on instagram (click here).