Meet KY3 Sports Director Chad Plein
Chad is an Emmy-award winning sports anchor.
Chad joined the KY3 News team in January 2007, as the weekend news anchor. 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. After that three year stint, he arrived at KY3 during the historic ice storm. After five years behind the news desk, Chad was picked to replace Missouri Sports Hall of Famer, Ned Reynolds as KY3's sports anchor. Chad also has a radio background, producing and voicing some on-air segments at ESPN Radio in St. Louis during the late '90s.
In June 2012, Chad was named the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Man of the Year. In 2014, Chad was named one of the Springfield Business Journal's 40-under-40. Lately, Chad has helped raise money and awareness for the American Heart Association.
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 11 Mid-America Emmys; winning four.
"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.
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.