As the sports director and anchor for KTLA's weeknight "Prime News" and former host and creator of KTLA's Sunday night's "Sports Plus," Damon Andrews not only shares his knowledge and enthusiasm for sports with viewers, but conveys his passion for it by searching and going beyond the daily sports scores and stats. He digs deeper to get the inside stories that satisfy sports fans' thirst for the real scoop on the ever-changing world of sports.
KTLA in August 2004 from Chicago where he was the national sports anchor for
Fox Sports Net Chicago, Fox Sports Net Bay Area and Fox Sports Net Ohio. He
wrote and anchored three shows daily. He also hosted pre and post-game shows for
all three regions.
Mark Twain Awards from the Associated Press Television Radio Association for
"Best Sports Reporting;" three Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio-Television
News Directors Association for the features "Field of Dreams," "My Three Sons"
and "Jackie Robinson: 60 years later;" three Golden Mike Awards for "Best Sports
Reporting," "Best Sportscast" and for the feature "My Three Sons;" five Los
Angeles Press Club Awards for "Best Sports Reporting," "Best Sportscast,"
features "Field of Dreams," "My Three Sons" and "Jackie Robinson: 60 years
later;" and two Emmy Awards for "Best Sportscast" and "Best News
Andrews' prior sports and news broadcast experience includes
weekend sports anchor/news reporter from 1998 to 2000 at WBAL-TV in Baltimore,
weeknight sports anchor from 1995 to 1998 at WPTY-TV/WLMT-TV in Memphis and
sports anchor/news reporter from 1994 to 1995 for KVEW-TV in Kennewick, WA.
Andrews' career in broadcasting began in Los Angeles at KABC-TV as a news editor
from 1990 to 1994.
Andrews stands at 6'6 tall and his love of sports,
size and athletic ability offered him several full ride basketball scholarships.
Andrews always knew he wanted to be a journalist and that he loved to play
sports. He chose Eastern Washington University over many different universities,
because EWU offered him the best of both worlds. He says EWU is one of the few
universities in the country that offers a hands on, specialized degree for the
journalism industry. He also earned a spot on a their Division One basketball
team making it possible for him to pursue his career goals while playing
It was at EWU that Andrews developed his strong work ethic.
He learned to juggle the rigors of playing Division One basketball for EWU,
interning at the local TV station KXLY in Spokane, Washington, as well as
devoting the majority of his time in the classroom. Andrews says the busy
schedule prepared him for the multi-tasking life of a television journalist.
Andrews received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism from EWU 1990. He was
offered a professional over-seas basketball contract but he turned it down and
instead he worked very hard at his goal of entering the television journalism
Andrews is a native of Southern California who grew up in
Cerritos and developed a passion for sports and journalism at an early age. He
read the newspaper and watched television news, looking for the sports scores
and anticipating the way TV anchors and newspaper writers would tell the story
about his favorite team or the days events.
Andrews' parents Fred and
Joyce along with his stepmother Marguerita and his siblings, recognized Andrews'
ability and size advantage from an early age and helped him make his dreams come
true by signing him up for every sport from baseball, basketball and football
from the time he could pick up a ball. They never missed a game. Andrews says
that it was their love, support and encouragement of his future goals that
helped him get to where he is today.
In his personal time, Andrews gives
motivational speeches to local high school and college students to help inspire
them to achieve their goals. He also loves to spend time with his family,
travel, fine dining, play golf with his friends, listen to music and catch a
local game as a "fan."
Andrews lost his mother Joyce in 1983 in her fight
against breast cancer. In her memory, he vowed to contribute his life to
bringing awareness to the disease, while helping to find a cure. Andrews is a
member of the American Cancer Society, and also has devoted time and energy to
the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer "Race For The Cure."