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Chad Plein

Sports Anchor/Reporter, Monday-Friday 9 p.m. & 10 p.m.

July 02, 2012

Chad is the newest member of the KY3 Sports Department; actually, he's the first hire in the sports department since the '80s. 

Chad joined the KY3 News team in January 2007, moving to Springfield from Joplin. A native Missourian, Chad has completed his "counter-clockwise” tour of the Show-Me State.

He began his career in St. Louis as a sports producer at KSDK-TV. Chad then moved to St. Joseph in 2002 to become a news reporter. A few months later, he became the sports director. After two years at KQTV, Chad moved south to Joplin to be sports director at KOAM-TV and KFJX. Chad also has a radio background. He produced and had some on-air segments at ESPN Radio in St. Louis during the late '90s.

In June of 2012, Chad was named as the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Man of the Year.  Chad was honored at the chance to local support families battling blood cancers.  The thousands of dollars in donations Chad has raised will go to finding a cure.

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Through the years, Chad has earned Missouri Broadcasters Association and Kansas Broadcasters Association awards, a Missouri Teacher's Association recognition, and has been nominated for three Mid-America Emmy Awards.

"The Ozarks have the prime fishing spots in the state,” Chad said.

Since he was a kid, he and his dad would travel to Lebanon for trout and his dad caught everything while Chad was “skunked” often. Chad also roots in the Ozarks with family from Dixon and Vienna.

Chad and his wife, Cati, welcomed their first child, Coy Michael, on May 7, 2007.  On Sept. 1, 2011, the couple had their second child, Chyler Ann. 

The family also has two spoiled dogs.  Biscuit, a Rhodesian Ridgeback mix, was adopted in 2004 then, in 2008, a Pug named Muffin was adopted into the family.

“Adopting a pet and saving its life is one of the most rewarding things a person can do," Chad said.

Over the years, Chad has enjoyed speaking to schools, reading to kids at local libraries and emceeing various events; emceeing trivia nights are Chad's specialty as he'll break into one of his many impersonations.

Although he’s not covering sports anymore, Chad is still a die-hard St. Louis Cardinals fan and loves attending sporting events around the Ozarks.  He's honored to say he's third on the "depth-chart" as Hammons Field's public address announcer for Springfield Cardinal games.

If you have any story ideas, Chad would love to hear from you.  Chad loves telling those fun, human interest stories from around the Ozarks.  Friend him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter, or just email Chad any stories you think need to be told.

Every Halloween, Chad visits local places alleged to be haunted and tells those stories to the Ozarks hoping to get them in the trick-or-treating spirit.  Over the years, his overnight investigations include the Landers Theater, Riverside Inn, Pythian Castle and Crescent Hotel.

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