My Bio

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🔹As an Anchor for 5 TV stations, from Columbia, MO, to Portland, OR and for 12 years at WLS-TV, the ABC O&O dominant #1 television station in America's 3rd largest market, Kevin Roy always came out on top in the ratings.  

    

🔹Mr. Roy has won 6 Emmy Awards, including 5 when he was with ABC7 Chicago.  He won his first Emmy for Best Investigative Report when he worked for KGW-TV's Unit 8 Investigative Team for his series, "Stealing From the Poor."

The series was credited with helping KGW-TV win the11:00pm timeslot during the May Sweeps period for the first time in more than a decade.

🔹Kevin Roy was one of the first two American journalists to report on "AIDS in Africa:  The Lost Generation."  He travelled to Kenya, following volunteers from a Chicago based non-profit organization, Global Alliance for Africa.  Executive Director Tom Derdak says the news coverage resulted in exponential growth for Global Alliance.  Donations, supplies, life-saving medications and the love and care from Chicago volunteers helped to save and improve many lives, including many orphans who were the focus of their mission.  Kevin Roy took home the Emmy for Best Hard News Series, WLS-TV/ABC7Chicago.

🔹The most important work of Kevin Roy's life is his series, "A Son of Suicide."   He shared the story of losing his mother to suicide and the unique grieving process all survivors of suicide must endure for the rest of their lives.

Afterwards, he heard from many viewers who called to thank him for saving their lives.

🔹 Kevin Roy was a National Political Correspondent for The Providence Journal-King Broadcasting News Bureau in Washington, DC.   He also worked at the #1 station in Louisville, KY, WHAS11-TV as Weekend Anchor/Reporter.

 

🔹Kevin was hired for his first TV job after college during his final semester at The University of Missouri-Columbia.  He worked for KCRG-TV9, the ABC affiliate in Cedar Rapids, IA,  starting out as a Reporter and eventually moving up to Morning Anchor.

 

🔹Kevin Roy's Emmy wins:  

     Individual Excellence in News Writing and Best Hard News Feature Series for "AIDS in Africa: The Lost Generation," both in 2002.

     In 2001, Best Reporter and Best Hard News Feature Series for "A Son of Suicide," his first-person account of the suicide of his mother, Diane Marcus Roy, and how it affected his family members.   "A Son of Suicide" also won a Silver Dome Award for Best Series from the Illinois Broadcasters Association; a national media award from the Illinois Chapter of Mental Health America; 1st Place for Best Local Mental Health News Segment from Mental Health America's National Media Awards; the Gold Bell Media Award from the Mental Health Association of Illinois; top honors from the National Association of the Mentally Ill; and The Father Charles Rubey Obelisk Award from Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide -- the LOSS Program -- run by the Catholic Charities of Chicago.  The Father Rubey Award is the highest honor awarded annually to the one person who helped promote and increase awareness of the outstanding LOSS support groups.  It is named for the founder of LOSS, Fr. Rubey.  He has counseled thousands of survivors of suicide. 

 

🔹Other honors:  First Place from the Associated Press of Illinois for his Special Segment about architect Frank Lloyd Wright called "Making it Wright." 

 

🔹Fellowship with The Carter Center's Mental Health Journalism Program.   Founded by former First Lady Rosalyn Carter, Kevin Roy's year-long project focused on suicide and suicide prevention, culminating in a half hour special that won an Emmy for Best Current Affairs Program and Host in 2009. 

 

🔹 Kevin Roy grew up in River Forest, IL, located in Chicago's Western Suburbs.  He is the first member of the Class of 1986 to be inducted into Oak Park & River Forest High School's Tradition of Excellence Awards which includes being featured on the school's "wall of fame."  The wall also includes notable alumni Ernest Hemingway and McDonald's Founder, Ray Kroc.  

 

🔹Kevin Roy graduated from The University of Missouri-Columbia's Journalism School.  He was first in his class, Magna Cum Laude, with a 3.98/4.00 grade point average.

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