William Pitts

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William Pitts is an award-winning journalist who's spent more than half his life telling stories all over the West. Will is originally from Arizona and moved all over the state from Glendale to Greer, Eagar, Flagstaff and Prescott. He got his start in journalism at 15 when he was hired as a teen reporter for the Apache County Observer. In a few months he was promoted to Senior Staff Reporter and supervised a staff of 15. He attended Arizona State University's Cronkite School of Journalism where he won the prestigious Hearst National Journalism Championship for Radio Reporting. From Tempe, Will went north to Washington state where he made the jump to television at KEPR (Pasco, WA) and KREM (Spokane, WA) before finally coming home to Phoenix. He lives in Phoenix with his wife, dog and daughter.

About Me: I've been in the news business since I was 16. I got my driver's license one week and immediately started working at the local weekly newspaper in Springerville, AZ the next. I graduated from the Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and spent the next five years in Washington State. I'm happy to be back home!

Hometown: Round Valley, AZ

City of Residence: Tempe

Your Heritage: Irish, French, English

Current Position: Multimedia Journalist

When you joined 12 News: September 2010

College Graduated from: Arizona State University

Interests/Hobbies: Photography, skiing, watching football, karaoke

Favorite Music: Hip-Hop, R&B, Old School and Oldies

Favorite Food(s): Chinese or Greek

Favorite Color(s): Green

Favorite Travel Destinations: San Diego, Las Vegas, Napa

Pets: Dog, Captain

Children: 1 Daughter

Hidden Talents: I sing a mean Mustang Sally…

Favorite Sports Teams: Cardinals, Seahawks, Diamondbacks, Idaho Vandals and of course the ASU Sun Devils...GO DEVILS!

Favorite Moment in Broadcasting: Hanging out the back of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter shooting soldiers doing High-Altitude Low-Opening (HALO) jumps

Why you decided to work in TV: I've never wanted to do anything else…I love knowing things first!

Where else you have worked: Pasco, WA and Spokane, WA

First Story Reported: Duck calling at an outdoor expo. Can't make this up.

Your First Job: Busboy at a diner in Greer, AZ

What People Would Never Guess About You: I used to race the Giant Slalom. Not well, but I did it…

What you love about living in Arizona: My family's all here!

Your Biggest Pet Peeve: Bad drivers and people who are rude for no reason.

What I'm Passionate About: Telling stories and taking great pictures

Dream Vacation: Richard Branson's Necker Island all to myself.

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