Patrice King Brown Reflects On Storied Career In Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — After more than three decades on the air, Patrice King Brown is taking a look back at her career. She and Stacy Smith take a stroll down memory lane as she prepares to sign off for the last time on KDKA-TV.

STACY: “Nearly 33 years here at KDKA, when you look at it now, has it gone quickly, has seemed like a long 33 years?”

PATRICE: “No, you know what Stacy, it’s a blink. It really, it really is a blink.”

STACY: “What do you remember about going on the air for the first time?”

PATRICE: “Here, at KDKA for the very first time, you know what, I broke out in hives. The first day I was on the air. I mean, head to toe hives, I was so nervous Stace. … It was actually kind of a scary experience that day.”

STACY: “You were able to interview a lot of really well known, famous and important people.”

PATRICE: “Oh Stacy, ‘Pittsburgh 2Day’ was fabulous. … They came to the studio. It wasn’t done by satellite. It was, we came in, shook hands and talked which was great. … ‘We had some of the biggest stars of the day, some of the most controversial, the athletes, the rock stars who always had 50,000 people with them and then you had someone like Charlton Heston or Gregory Peck who came in alone, they just showed up. It was … it was a fabulous experience.”

STACY: “What was it like though, for somebody growing up in Sheraden and all of a sudden being here on KDKA-TV and interviewing people like this?”

PATRICE: “That’s what kept going through my mind. A little girl from Sheraden talking to, fill in the blank. … Once I began to think to think of myself as a liaison between our Pittsburgh audience and these wonderful folks who had a message, and they were ‘folks,’ then everything was just smooth sailing.”

STACY: “Eventually, unfortunately, ‘Pittsburgh 2Day’ went away. And, you made the move to news. Was that a difficult thing for you?”

PATRICE: “Yes, yes it was. It was really like going back to school. … And, it was very difficult for me to adjust to the fast pace of the newsroom.”

STACY: “But, with your background, it wasn’t long before you were on that anchor desk.”

PATRICE: “No, that was actually – I was thrilled with that. I was thrilled with the opportunity to get on the anchor desk.”

STACY: “What’s it like for you to be on that anchor desk, knowing these people are at home watching you?”

PATRICE: “I think it’s important that they trust us. So, I feel a responsibility that we do it the best way that we can – that I give them the best that I can, that whatever story we share, that I know that I am talking about people’s lives, that it is not just a number, that it not just a story, it’s not just another fire, that it’s someone’s life.”

STACY: “Sadly, some of the proudest moments, some of the moments where I felt we did the best, were some of the stories we wish we never had to report.”

PATRICE: “… I hope that … I’m coming off the anchor desk, but the pride that I have in this city and what you and I have accomplished. It will definitely live on in my heart.”

  • Donna L.

    I feel like I’m loosing a friend. You were in my home daily. I will miss your laughter, beautiful smile & your warm personality.

    I watched the TV “Saying Goodbye to Patrice ” and cryed. I will miss you.

    Good Luck in your future endouvers.

    Loyal KDKA news listner. Donna L./Trafford

    • Debbie Ruffing

      Hi Patrice, You were in my home for the 33 years also, & I will miss you, you seem like a friend. Hey, what ever happened to that lady who told you that you would never make it on TV? I guess she ment that you wouldn’t last, what, 75 years? Oh well, what did she know? Also is that your daughter on the brownie commerical?

    • Mary Cibjkub

      Hi, Patrice, You were in our homes for 33 years and we loved to watch for your laughter and smiles and you and Jon Bernnet were good together. Those days made our day a brighter one. You and Stacey brought us our news everyday in a way that we could see you cared about people We wish you the best in your futured. We love you……………

    • Cheryl

      I will miss Patrice. Can’t believe she was with Stacy for thst many years till I saw old pictures of them together.

      Remember her c hildren growing up, her and John burnett working together. Pgn. 2day was a great show, the they had such great chemistry together. Still love John, he is always so upbeat, smiling, laughing.

      Hope whatever Patrice does is continues to be good for her. Take care, you will be missed!

    • Lea

      I will really miss you Patrice. I have been watching KDKA news for many many years. I love your smile and your warmness and your guenineness. You are truly a super star and I wish you only the best in your future endeavors.

  • David Ranelli

    hello my name is david ranelli i just would like to take this time to say how much i loved watching kdka and patrice king brown, i fill i know her all my life well i do watched kdka all the time nothing else. patrice its been 33 yrs and i have watched u ever sice u came on. i remember pattie burns and u were on together. god bless to mu and the family and i hope u come back and see us. my wife of 35 yrs now wathes all the time, in the early yrs not so but last 20 some any way. love u and take care. dave and merry

  • George Pasvantis

    I truly hope you have a great life with your family,, we shall miss you very much,
    Y ou never really met me to say but i remember you and your husban coming into the hospital for your first child,, my wife and i were the same time and we all spoke for a breff few minutes, well enough said i truly wish you all the very best that life shall give you ,, so go forth now and enjoy your family.

  • Kathy N.

    You were always a class act. We will miss you. Good luck in the future.

  • Doug Clayton

    Thank you for all of your years of true knowledge, I began watching you as a young child, and have enjoyed every minute you spoke, even if it had to be bad news. You are a true ledgend to the T.V. brodcast, and will be greatly missed in my home, and family. Enjoy your time with your family as you have such a warm heart, Best of luck, and Good Health Wishes to all. Doug.

  • tony

    Patrice, I truly don’t ever feel the need to comment on things like this, BUTTT, in a world that is lacking real people like you, OH WELL!!!! . I wish you the best of luck in whatever you do.” YOU ARE A CLASS ACT”. god bless

  • pati

    All the best to you and your family.Have watched you for the entire 33 years. God bless..

  • Kimberly Tarzia

    I watched the goodbye show today and it made me cry. It made me feel like i’ve known her forever. good luck in whatever you do next, best wishes, and god bless you and your family Kim

  • railjack

    I was shocked when I heard you were leaving KDKA! I was even more shocked to find out you have been at KDKA for 33 years! I,m having a selfish moment here but, you don’t look old enough to retire, so I’m asking you to reconcider your leaving!!! That being said, may God bless you and your family!!!

  • Carol Boyer Vogel

    Patrice – I will so miss seeing you daily on the news. I feel like you are one of the “Girlies”. A name that is given to a group of girls that I graduated with (Springdale – class of 71) who still get together on a regular bases to check in on each other’s lives. You have been through it all with us too. I remember watching you the day that you talked about your Dad passing and what he meant to you. Years later when my Dad died suddenly, I thought of you and how strong you were then. It have me strength to get through that time. You will never know how you have touched lives in your viewing area and how badly we will miss your smiling face. I wish you only the best. Enjoy yourself. Pittsburgh will always love you! Thank your family for sharring you with us all.

  • tracy miller

    patrice, i wish you luck in everything you do! and thank you for all the memories i have! ive been watching you since i was little! its hard to see your favorite anchor leave :( you will be missed! miss you already!!!

  • mary

    good luck you will be missed

  • Kirk

    You are one of the most beautiful ladies on television. You are also a consumate professional. I have always loved watching you and I will miss you dearly! Best of luck to you! Keep smiling and stay beautiful! Love you and miss you already!

  • pittgirl

    KDKA was the only station my family ever watched since I was a kid and I am 41 now, I will miss seeing you on the news. Good luck to you, enjoy your time with your family..God Bless

  • phylly

    I don’t think there is a dry eye in anyone’s home this evening.. God Bless You Patrice…

  • Michelle

    Thank you so much for allowing me to grow up over the last 39 years watching such professional and beautiful talent. I remember watching you for as long as I can remember. You will be GREATLY missed, Please take care and enjoy your personal life to the fullest.

  • Peg R

    I feel like I am losing a friend. I will miss her. I raised my children watching Patrice on “PGH TODAY” and the news. Sad year for me.

  • Darlene Myers

    Best wishes to you Patrice, I have watched you since the beginning of your career. My dad got me hooked on Pittsbugh 2day, he loved that show. My dad admired you and watched your newscast faithfully. When you were gone due to having foot surgery he prayed for you daily. He would always ask have you heard when Patrice will be back, and the day you made it back he called with such excitment in his voice. My dad passed away recently and I know if he were living he would have cried along with you tonight. He also would have been touched to know that you retired on a special day to him, if he were living today him and my mom would’ve been celebrating their 55th wedding anniversary. You truely have an angel singing praise to you today. Enjoy your time with your husband and children, life is to short and precious. May God bless you always with the best because you are truely one of the best.

  • Christina Ritchie Losos (current name)

    I believe I was Patrice’s first interviewee on her first show at KDKA.
    The show started at 5AM and was about events in and around
    Pittsburgh. I think the name was “Good Morning,Pittsburgh”.
    I had been chosen as Miss US Steel and was there to discuss
    the United Way Drive. My name at the time was Christina Madar.

    Short story: I was very nervous and had to spend a few minutes
    in the restroom. At the sink, I met Patrice, and told her
    how nervous and sick I was. She said that she was,
    too, because it was her first show at KDKA. And I
    replied that I had been hoping that she would be able
    to hold me up…

  • Joyce Spark

    To lovely Patrice with the unforgettable, warm smile,
    I’ve been with you since the beginning. I remember the yellow dress you wore on Pittsburgh Today when you announced the coming of your first baby. You and John Burnett were the perfect compliment to each other. I’ll never forget being in the audience when Teddy Kennedy made an unexpected visit. I also remember that you said that when you went to New York to learn about your new job on TV that the people there commented that Pittsburgh must have hit the bottom of the barrel. HOW WRONG THEY WERE!!!! You sure showed them. I still carry with pride the Pittsburgh Today tote bag that I won for submitting a recipe to the show. I’m sure going to miss your warm, concerned heart for all of us. I hope your future is filled with as much joy as you have given us over the years.

  • Phyllis Spencer

    Patrice, KDKA will not be the same without you. My daughter will be 33 years old next month, and she grew up with you. I feel as if I am losing a friend, you have bought so much into our lives. I do wish you all the best in the future. You will be greatly missed.

  • gary kennedy

    U will be sadly missed! I grew up watching u! God bless u and ur family

  • Marica

    I wish you all the best. I hope you will appear as a guest on KDKA as you did on Mr. Rogers Neighborhood.

  • Danny

    My fondest memory of you was on Mr. Rogers Neighborhood.

  • JIM

    May God bless you as you have blessed us.A friend I have never met, but here I sit crying my eyes out. You are what we all can aim for the very best. thats you,and thats what you gave us . Thank You Beautiful Patrice. I love you my friend and I will miss you,especially that smile and sweet little laugh. To you the very best Jim

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