Fred Kalil was inducted into The Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at the InterContinental Buckhead Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia.
Fred Kalil, sports director at CBS46, was introduced by Atlanta Falcons’ president and CEO Rich McKay.
[Biography from The Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame 2017 award and program.]
Fred Kalil began his television sports reporting career in high school reporting on basketball games at WNDU radio in South Bend, Indiana. In college, while playing football at Indiana University, Coach Lee Corso encouraged Kalil to pursue reporting over football.
During his college years, Kalil hosted a weekly Indiana University football show on WTIU-TV and later served as an analyst and anchored weekend sports on an Indiana University network from WTTV-TV in Indianapolis.
After graduation, at the age of 22, he became a sports reporter in Huntington, West Virginia.
In 1989, Kalil moved to WISH-TV in Indianapolis, where his work as a sports broadcaster attracted the attention of news directors across the country. He became sports director at WXIA-TV 11Alive News in Atlanta in 1992; he has witnessed and reported every major sporting event for the region ever since.
One of Kalil’s largest assignments was leading the coverage of the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. He also pioneered, in the Atlanta market, coverage of multiple Friday night high school football games at once, now a staple of local television news departments nationwide. He has earned multiple Emmy awards for Best Sportscaster, Associated Press awards for Sportscaster of the Year and Georgia Association of Broadcasters awards.
He moved to CBS46 in 2015. His command of the beat, his respect for the fans and his love of amateur and professional athletics resonate on-air as one of the city’s and the nation’s best sports journalists.
Fred Kalil accepts The Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame award from Atlanta Falcons’ president and CEO Rich McKay at the InterContinental Buckhead Hotel on Tuesday, October 10, 2017.
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Tribute video production by: Richard Crabbe, Kettle Creek Media, photo journalist; Jon Shirek, WXIA-TV and Hall of Fame Event Chair, writing and producing; and Jaye Watson, Director of Brand Awareness for the Emory Brain Health Center (formerly with 11Alive), narration.
The Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame inductees — (left to right) Cynthia Tucker Haynes, Aubrey Morris’ widow Tera Morris, Fred Kalil, and Douglas Blackmon — hold their awards. Photo: Facebook.
Fred Kalil Inducted into Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame, by CBS46.