Meet KY3's Ethan Forhetz.
Ethan is an award-winning journalist who has covered the news for more than 17 years. He joined the KY3 News team in August 2005.
Although Ethan is a born and bred Midwesterner, his career has taken him to cities across the country. He's anchored and reported at television stations in Las Vegas; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Tallahassee, Fla.; and St. Louis.
Ethan has been nominated for several Midwest Emmy Awards in the Best Anchor category. His reporting has also earned him awards from The Associated Press and his stories have been seen on CNN and MSNBC. Ethan was also voted "Best Male TV Personality" by readers of 417 Magazine in 2012 & 2013.
In January 2009, Ethan traveled to Washington D.C. to cover the inauguration of Barack Obama as president. He told stories of Ozarkers who made the trek to our nation's capitol so they could witness the swearing in firsthand.
The most thrilling experience of his career was a breathtaking flight aboard a United States Air Force F-16 Thunderbird. It was a ride he'll never forget. Ethan was also honored by the Boston Pops Orchestra. He joined the Pops in performing the classic Christmas poem "The Night Before Christmas."
A big St. Louis Cardinals fan, Ethan was able to live his dream and "be" a Redbird. He went to Jupiter, Fla. for St. Louis Cardinals Legends Camp and put together a series of stories from a camper's point of view. He and the other campers were able to hang out for a week and play ball with former Cardinal greats like Hall of Famers Lou Brock and Bob Gibson. And Ethan was in St. Louis to cover the Cardinals' 2006 & 2011 World Series wins.
The stories that Ethan enjoys reporting the most, however, are those about people in his community. Those are the stories he gets to tell every day. From warning parents about cyber-dangers, to explaining how to "read" graffiti, to the battle over a proposed ethanol plant in the Ozarks, Ethan reports on the stories important to the Ozarks.
In 2011, Ethan started a weekly feature on ky3.com called The E-List. It's a real conversation starter! Every week, he picks a category, then counts down his favorites and let's the debate begin. So far, he's covered 80s one hit wonders, TV theme songs and kid shows, to name a few.
He's also an active member of our local community. He often spends his mornings speaking to classes, reading to kids or guest lecturing at local universities. He and his wife, Sara, are also happy to team up to emcee events to raise money for charities.
Ethan works with the Alzheimer's Association to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research. Ethan was named the Honorary Chair of the Alzheimer's Association's Walk to End Alzheimer's in 2009 and 2010. Ethan, Sara & Caroline joined hundreds of other walkers taking strides to find a cure for Alzheimer's. It is a disease that hit home with Ethan and his family. His mother, Velma, passed away in March 2010 after a roughly 20-year battle with Alzheimer's disease. Ethan and his family walk now in Velma's memory in hopes that a cure will save other mothers and grandmothers. He'd love to see you at the Walk to End Alzheimer's in Springfield this fall. It's scheduled for September 22 at Jordan Valley Park in Springfield. Ethan got to represent the Alzheimer's Association and throw out the first (wild) pitch at a Springfield Cardinals game -- yes, our cameras were rolling. He did a little better his second year throwing the first pitch. "Like" the local Alzheimer's Association on Facebook.
Ethan grew up in Collinsville, Ill., a town about 10 miles from St. Louis that is known as Horseradish Capital of the World and is home to the world's largest catsup bottle. He graduated from UNLV and began his career as a newscast producer in Las Vegas before quickly becoming an anchor and reporter.
College basketball is Ethan's favorite sport. He's a huge fan of UNLV Runnin' Rebels basketball. He also follows St. Louis sports teams, especially the Cardinals.
Ethan married KY3 News reporter Sara Sheffield on April 21, 2007. They were blessed with the arrival of Caroline Grace, their first child, on June 11, 2009. They welcomed their second child, Ainsley Jane, into the world on August 16, 2011. Here's a photo album from Ainsley's birth. Ethan & Sara love to hang out with "the girls." They also enjoy cooking, working out and walking their rat terrier, Maggie.
Sara and Ethan were recognized by 417 Magazine for the work they do for the community. They were named named one of the area's top ten "Power Couples" in December 2010. They've also been featured in 417 Bride and Go Magazine.
Now, you can follow Ethan online. "Like" Ethan on Facebook and get updates about what he and KY3 News are working on! Just click "like" at the top of his fb page & you're in! From there, be sure to vote in his daily "Great Debate!"
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