Ken Rice Biography and Career

Ken Rice, a nationally acclaimed journalist, has been co-anchoring KDKA News at Five since 1995 and KDKA News at Eleven since 1999.

In addition to his anchoring duties, Ken shares hosting responsibilities on the station’s Sunday morning public affairs program, The KD/PG Sunday Edition. He is also known for moderating debates among candidates for various political offices.

Before joining KDKA, Ken spent six years as a reporter and anchor at WTAE-TV, where he co-launched the 5 pm newscast alongside Sally Wiggin in 1992. Originally from Chicago, Ken embarked on his journalism career while attending the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where he reported and anchored news for the statewide Wisconsin Public Radio network.

He later transitioned to television, reporting for Madison’s WISC-TV and eventually anchoring its evening newscasts.

Throughout his career, Ken has covered a wide range of assignments, from the eye of Hurricane Hugo to the White House, and from the inspection of hanging chads in the disputed presidential election in Florida to major sporting events like Super Bowls XXX and XL. His comprehensive reporting on the US Air Flight 427 crash in Pittsburgh was carried nationwide by the CBS network and across Canada on the CBC.

Over the years, Ken has anchored live coverage of numerous major breaking stories, including the Quecreek mine rescue, the protests at the G-20 Summit, police shootings in Stanton Heights, multiple Stanley Cup and Super Bowl championship parades, and the tragedy at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue in 2018.

His journalistic excellence has earned him local, state, and national awards, including a national first-place Associated Press award for an investigation that exposed Pennsylvania legislators’ lucrative, taxpayer-funded perks.

Outside of his work, Ken is actively involved in the community. He has taught a TV news reporting course at Point Park University and frequently speaks at local schools and community organizations.

He has served on the boards of various charitable organizations, including the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society and Pittsburgh Cares. Ken is also a dedicated advocate for the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council and has been Honorary Chair of Pittsburgh’s annual MS Walk. He and his wife, Lauren, are proud parents of two children.

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