Native Hoosier Scott Sander anchors WISH-TV’s Daybreak. He joined WISH-TV as reporter and anchor for 24-Hour News 8 in March 2005.
He was born in Mishawaka, Indiana and grew up in Indianapolis and Carmel with a few years in Georgia and Illinois thrown into the mix.
Scott started his broadcasting career before he even graduated from high school, pestering local radio stations WNDE (1260) and WFBQ (94.7) into giving him some hours and experience.
Scott graduated from Carmel High School as a National Merit Scholar in 1990, and then went on to earn a degree from the University Of Missouri School Of Journalism. While there, he worked as a videographer and reporter and was the first anchor of “Sunrise”, the local morning newscast of KOMU-TV (NBC). Scott counts the Great Flood of ’93 as one of the events that shaped his attitude toward television news. He says covering the flood was “a real-life lesson that proved television’s combination of images, words, and immediacy can truly help during times of crisis in ways that other mediums cannot.”
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Scott left Mid-Missouri in 1995, when Davenport, Iowa’s KWQC-TV (NBC) hired Scott to anchor and produce the weekend evening news. He spent 2 years covering stories ranging from the collapse of the agricultural manufacturing sector to the rise of the riverboat casino industry. The best moment of his time in the Quad Cities came in late April of 1995, when he met his future wife, Tammy.
Scott and Tammy moved to Colorado in late 1997. KCNC-TV (CBS) hired Scott to report and, later, anchor the station’s morning news. In Denver, Scott studied under some of the most respected television storytellers in the country and even managed to occasionally elbow his way into their company; he counts the three Regional Emmy awards he won there as some of his most hard-earned professional hardware.
In Denver, Scott covered Super Bowls and Stanley Cups, rode shotgun in a blimp and an IndyCar, and learned everything a Hoosier ever wanted to know about the ski industry, mountains, and snow.
He also reported extensively from the site of one of the country’s worst events. In 2001, Scott covered the Columbine massacre, starting with live reports from the school grounds in the first hours after the shootings. There, Scott saw again what he’d first experienced in the ’93 Floods: when television is used properly, it can serve local viewers in ways other technologies cannot.
Scott says he spent the better part of 15 years trying to get hired back in his home town, and in 2005, WISH-TV (CBS) finally relented! Since then, he’s been part of our coverage of most every major story to hit Central Indiana – from special broadcasts from Indianapolis Motor Speedway to live reports from both of the Colts’ Super Bowls to an extensive interview with then-Senator Barack Obama ahead of Obama’s election win in Indiana.
He also does work for several local charities and service organizations, including the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, and the Arthritis Foundation.
Scott has won nine Emmys, including awards as the region’s top anchor in 2006, 2010, 2011 and 2012. He has also earned awards from the Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Broadcasters Associations of three different states.
Scott’s and his wife, Tammy, are proud parents of son, Owen, and daughter, Maren.
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