Doug Proffitt Biography
Doug Proffitt is an American journalist who anchors the 5, 5:30, 6 p.m., and 11 p.m. news each weeknight on WHAS TV. A Louisville native, he grew up watching WHAS TV and first started at the station as a high school intern in December-Jan 1977-78.
Doug Proffitt Career
Proffitt is a general assignment reporter/anchor for WHAS11 in Louisville, KY. Every weeknight, he hosts the 5, 5:30, 6 p.m., and 11 p.m. newscasts. He grew up watching WHAS11 in Louisville and began working at the station as a high school intern in December-January 1977-78.
Since April of 1987, he has worked for WHAS11 as a news anchor and reporter, and today, as the weekday evening anchor, he uses his position to reconnect viewers with Louisville’s unique history and architectural beauties. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, WHAS11 was the only local news station that used moving film.
Doug has spent the last five years working to resurrect this incredible library, displaying exclusive footage from the area on news film. Since joining in that time span, Doug has covered every big story, including The Carrollton Bus Crash, the Standard Gravure shooting, Bill Clinton’s Presidential candidacy in New York (1992), The Winter Storm of 1994, Hurricane Fran (1996), and the Flooding of 1997. In Danville, Kentucky, the 2012 Vice Presidential Debate (Biden-Ryan).
Doug has also served as the lead anchor for live coverage of all three Implosions in Louisville: The Commonwealth Building (day before the winter storm of ’94), The Belknap Warehouse (1993), and The Milner Hotel (1995). He was the host of the station’s live coverage of the 2008-09 Windstorm and Ice Storms, which left a record number of people without electricity.
After a week-long series of his stories, the state of Kentucky passed the “WHAS Law,” as lawmakers in Frankfort dubbed it. It took the Social Security number off of Kentucky driver’s licenses, allowing people’s identities to be protected across the state. The move came at no expense to the taxpayers.
In 2001, he won first place from The Kentucky Associated Press for an article about how Directory Assistance (411) frequently gives you the wrong number. The Associated Press awarded Doug and photographer Bryan Derby the first prize in 2009 for their reporting on “Rose Island,” a popular Louisville amusement park that formerly stood on the Ohio River but was wiped away by the 1937 Flood.
Doug stays involved in his community by continuing to report on stories and assisting organizations such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Kentuckiana and the American Diabetes Association. In 2008, he was designated the Diabetes event’s honorary media chair, and WHAS11 sponsors the annual Diabetes walk, which draws almost 2,000 walkers and runners.
Doug profiles a Big Brother or Big Sister match once a week on WHAS, adults in Kentuckiana who are stepping up and offering their time to make a difference in the lives of young people. Since 1990, WHAS has been a proud supporter of the organization. Doug has worked as a news anchor and reporter in Lexington, KY, and Charleston, SC, before returning to Louisville in 1987 when WHAS11 called.
Doug Proffitt Age
Proffitt likes to keep his personal life private and hence has not yet disclosed the year and month he was born. It is therefore not known when he celebrates his birthday.
Doug Proffitt Height
Proffitt’s height is not yet disclosed.
Doug Proffitt Family
Proffitt has managed to keep his personal life away from the limelight hence he has not disclosed any information about his parents. It is also not known if Doug has any siblings.
Doug Proffitt Wife
Proffitt is happily married to the love of his life Anne. The couple is blessed with two boys, both of whom are Manual High School students. His father, Jim Proffitt, a Manual graduate who was recruited to play football at UK by famed coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, still lives in Louisville.
Doug Proffitt Net Worth
Proffitt has an estimated net worth ranging between $1 Million – $5 Million which he has earned through being a journalist.
Doug Proffitt Salary
Proffitt earns an annual salary ranging between $40,000 – $ 110,500.
Doug Proffitt WHAS-TV
Proffitt works at WHAS-TV where he works alongside other famous WHAS-TV anchors, reporters, meteorologists, and sports anchors including;
- Ben Pine
- Kent Spencer
- Kristin Pierce
- Brooke Hasch
- Shay McAlister
- Alden German
- Hayley Minogue
- T.G. Shuck
- Tyler Greever
- Reed Yadon
- Elle Smith
- Tom Lally
- Chelsea Smith
- Rose McBride
- Grace McKenna