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Calvin Sneed, a seasoned and accomplished journalist, brings his vibrant presence to Channel 3 as a freelance anchor. Joining the team in 2019, he captivates viewers on various newscasts with his experienced anchoring.
Born during the Golden Age of Television in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, Calvin cherishes classic shows like “I Love Lucy,” “Leave It to Beaver,” “The Andy Griffith Show,” “Mary Tyler Moore,” and “All in the Family,” which have shaped his sense of humor and love for lighthearted moments.
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Calvin grew up in Kingsport, Tennessee, where he made his initial foray into broadcasting at WKPT Radio and TV during high school. Graduating in 1972, he moved to Chattanooga to work at WTVC Channel 9. While there, he served as a news reporter and photographer while simultaneously attending UT-Knoxville.
Calvin’s career advanced further in 1975 when he joined WATE-TV Channel 6 in Knoxville as a news reporter and anchor. Graduating college in ’77, he reached a significant milestone in 1979 by becoming the first African-American to co-anchor the 6 and 11 PM newscasts at a TV station in East Tennessee. This groundbreaking achievement remains a testament to his trailblazing spirit and talent.
Venturing into lighter news content, Calvin co-hosted “PM Magazine” at WATE, offering viewers a refreshing perspective on current events. He relished this role, calling it a “four-year vacation.”
Following his success in Knoxville, Calvin continued to excel in Columbus, Ohio, at WSYX-TV Channel 6. There, he took on the roles of consumer reporter, anchor, and talk show co-host. His segment “6 On Your Side” received recognition from state and national consumer advocates for its effectiveness in helping people recover their money and resolve issues.
Returning to Chattanooga in 1992, Calvin anchored WTVC’s ConsumerWatch program. His impact was remarkable, as he recovered over $10 million in goods and services for consumers over the course of 25 years. Fearlessly pursuing stories, he faced adversity and danger while seeking justice for those who were wronged.
Throughout his career, Calvin’s investigative reports have led to significant changes, including influencing new state laws after exposing injustices within the system. His commitment to holding those in power accountable has earned him accolades and recognition, including an honor from the Tennessee legislature.
While retired from full-time anchoring, Calvin remains active as a bridge photographer and published author of best-selling coffee table books featuring his mesmerizing bridge photography. Additionally, he fills in on the news desk at WRCB-TV, Channel 3, on a part-time basis, keeping his passion for journalism alive.
Balancing his time between Chattanooga and Kingsport, Calvin dedicates himself to serving on several non-profit boards, all while traversing miles to capture stunning bridge imagery. His enduring dedication to journalism and his community showcases the profound impact of his career and the lasting legacy he continues to build.