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It’s a bittersweet day at KDKA-TV as we say goodbye to Patrice King Brown. Patrice is retiring after almost 33 years at the station. Throughout her storied career, she has interviewed celebrities to sitting presidents — and done so with class and grace.
PITTSBURGH (KDKA-TV) — Since addressing Congress at the age of sixteen as runner-up to Miss Teenage America, Patrice King Brown has been surrounded by newsmakers. During her pageant year she traveled extensively, speaking to teens across the country about the issues of the day.
After graduating from West Virginia University, she entered the broadcast industry as an account executive for a Pittsburgh FM radio station and quickly left to join KDKA-TV in October 1978 as co-host of the award winning Talk and Variety afternoon show Pittsburgh 2Day.
Over the years Patrice has interviewed numerous national superstars including Bob Hope, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Charlton Heston, Elizabeth Taylor, Kevin Costner, Tom Hanks, Robin Williams, Dennis Miller, Oprah, George Lopez, Lionel Richie, Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake — as well as every First Lady since Lady Bird Johnson with the exception of Jackie Kennedy (of course they were not all First Ladies at the time). Patrice also had the opportunity to interview President Barack Obama on the day he was elected. Throughout her career, she has enjoyed delivering their stories into the homes of television viewers.
After Pittsburgh 2Day Patrice stayed on at KDKA as a member of the Eyewitness News Team. Over her years at KDKA-TV Patrice has earned many awards as talk show host, reporter and anchor.
Along with Stacy Smith, her co-anchor at 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., Patrice earned an Emmy for their dedicated coverage of the “Crash of Flight 427″ in Beaver County. Patrice and Stacy have covered every major news event since 1994, winning the trust and respect of their viewers.
Patrice also co-anchored KDKA-TV News at Eleven with Ken Rice delivering the news to the largest audience in the Pittsburgh area.
Over the years Patrice has been able to support and help fund raise for many worthy causes and organizations including: Sojourner House, South Hills Family Hospice, POWER- Pennsylvania Organization for Women in Early Recovery, NEED, Tix for Kids, Ozanam. She was also named one of the “50 Most Influential Women in PA” for the years 2004 and 2007. She is a member of the ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA sorority.
Patrice has received many awards over the years including: The Bill Burns Award for Outstanding Journalistic Achievement in 2007 from the Rooney Foundation; The Richard Caliguiri Award – Best Ambassador for Pittsburgh in 1999; Vector’s Women of the Year in Communications 2002; Jr. Achievement Distinguished Alumni 2006; Lifetime Achievement in Broadcasting by the Pittsburgh Press Club in 2003 and hosts of others.
Of all the awards and honors Patrice has received, she is most proud of her grown children, Guy and Lauren.
Patrice has also been grateful for the friendship and loving support of her husband and partner, Dr. Paul Nemiroff, a nationally recognized surgeon.