PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Long before she’d ever report the news, 16-year-old Patrice King Brown was making news – winning the Miss Teenage Pittsburgh Contest in 1971.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette noted the Langley High School cheerleader’s “infectious grin” and called her a “black-haired, brown-eyed cutie.” In the Miss Teenage America Pageant, she was first runner-up.
From Langley, Patrice went on to West Virginia University.
Her television career began shortly after – her Pittsburgh debut was a commercial for the Monroeville Mall.
But Patrice was looking for more, and she found it at KDKA.
In 1978, “Pittsburgh 2Day” debuted with Patrice as co-host. She was so nervous that first day that she broke out in hives, head to toe. She was only 23.
It was a different era then, when local programming thrived. Her show embraced both the silly and the serious.
“Pittsburgh 2Day” aired for 11 successful years. On its last day, in 1990, Patrice and co-host Jon Burnett brought their kids on the set. Now, those same kids are all grown, successful adults.
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But what would become of Patrice now that her daily talk show was done? Well, also on that final show, a psychic offered a prediction.
“My feeling is, everything’s happening for a good reason.”
And, she was definitely on to something. Patrice made a seamless transition to the new department. At first, she reported medical stories and learned the ropes. Eventually, she settled in as evening anchor.
By the time U.S. Air Flight 427 crashed in Hopewell in 1994, she’d mastered the rare ability to handle a momentous, breaking story with insight, command and grace.
Patrice and Stacy’s coverage of the tragedy was carried nationally that night and would later be honored for excellence.
From the shock of 9/11 to the drama of the mine rescue at Quecreek to the farewell to one of Pittsburgh’s favorite sons, late Mayor Bob O’Connor – Patrice has brought dignity and class to the anchor desk, telling her hometown’s stories with smarts, with heart and sometimes – when we were lucky – with her killer giggle.
So, what now?
Well, more time visiting her kids. For sure, with one on each coast, that’s been tough. Also, it gives her the opportunity to travel and spend time with her husband of three and a half years, surgeon and former KDKA medical reporter Dr. Paul Nemiroff.
So, have at it Patrice, and congratulations on a wonderful career. You have your colleagues’ and your city’s respect and love. Just don’t be a stranger, ok?
For much more on Patrice’s career and to watch goodbye messages from her colleagues, click this link.