Pat Parris, a fixture on Fox Sports Midwest’s coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals, and St. Louis Blues for the past 15 years is leaving. Parris is heading west to Tucson, AZ where he will become a news anchor at the local ABC-TV affiliate. The job has special meaning to him, because his father Jack, was an executive with the station for many years.
“He was the general manager there when I was in high school, I grew up with that being my dad’s place of employment,” Parris told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “It was my first experience in the television business and is what got me into wanting to do it. When I was a kid I always dreamt of being that guy who was the main news anchor at my dad’s station, and now here I am all these years later getting the opportunity.”
His father is now retired, but remains in the Tucson area, and is a good friend of the station’s GM. The plan is to have Parris replace lead anchor Guy Atchley, who is retiring in the next year or so.
Larry Mago, Fox Sports Midwest executive producer, said Parris will be missed.
“Pat is great on air and wonderful to work with,” he said. “He smoothly hosts 90 minutes of live, unscripted TV several days a week. It’s a big role to fill, and we’ve started a broad search to replace him.”
His last day on the air in St. Louis will be next Friday. He’ll have a quick turnaround, as he’s expected to appear on the Tucson station during the following week.