Ron is a long time anchor and reporter on the 2News #1 morning and noon shows, signing on in August of 1989. He's been right on the front lines of the big stories. When a tornado tore through Salt Lake City, Ron and the 2News team were live as it happened. He was in St. George with live coverage of the devastating floods. From the news desk and from out in the field, Ron covered Elizabeth Smart's kidnapping and Lori Hacking's murder. In fact, for almost two decades, Ron has been there for all the major and unforgettable stories that have been a part of our lives.
"I can't think of a better job in the world," Ron says. "Yes, I have to get up before 3 o'clock in the morning, but you soon forget about that when we're having fun on the show and telling important stories. Besides," he adds, "I can be home with the kids in the afternoon."
Ron's career started in 1981 as an anchor/reporter at KBCI in Boise, Idaho and he also did a stint at the CBS affiliate in Fargo, North Dakota before joining the 2News team. Ron considers himself extremely lucky for the experiences he's had over the years reporting the news. He's shaken hands with Ronald Reagan and interviewed President George H. W. Bush and President Clinton. One of Ron's most memorable and exciting stories was riding in an F-16 with the Air Force Thunderbirds. But the most fulfilling stories, Ron says, "Are the daily stories about ordinary people doing extraordinary things, or the features that go beyond the headlines."
Even though a reporter's goal is to be objective, Ron says you can't help but be inspired by the stories you do. For example, he rode a UTA bus with a disabled woman who spends her days going from place to place doing community service. On another day, he watched as a single mom had a dream come true, when volunteers built her a home in four days. And Ron won't soon forget the Memorial Day when a father and his two sons, who both served in the Iraq war, came home safe, and celebrated the holiday together.
In a business where reporters can sometimes move from town to town, Ron says Utah is the place for him and hopes to make this his lifelong home. Ron was born in Kimberly, Idaho, and graduated from BYU with a degree in broadcast journalism. When Ron isn't at KUTV he enjoys home and yard projects, working out, doing church and community activities, and is a die-hard youth super league basketball coach.
Ron is married to Jannae. They have 3 kids, Jaron, Brock and Abbie, and the family dog, Frasier. The Birds have their nest in Sandy.