They call him the Dean of News Anchors in the Denver market and, at 26 years and counting, the title is well-deserved. Since 1982 he has reported the events – big and small – that make up the evening news. Currently the main anchor at KWGN CW2, Ernie started as a field reporter/anchor for KMGH in Denver and has worked at both stations twice in his career.
Originally from St. Augustine, Florida, Ernie’s first job after college was with WPEC-TV in West Palm Beach in 1972, “serving time” as reporter and photographer. In 1976 he moved his growing family to Atlanta and WSB where he worked as a reporter for 6 years. There he covered Jimmy Carter’s rise to the White House, and the Atlanta Child Murders. In Denver, he’s worked as reporter, field anchor, main anchor and managing editor – and covered such diverse stories as airline crashes, the Columbine shootings, World Youth Day, the Pope’s visit, the Summit of the 8, and the opening of DIA. He has further connected with viewers through features such as “Trading Places” in which he switched roles with trash collectors, donut makers and the people who change the hockey rink to the basketball court at the Pepsi Center.
Through it all, his genuine interest in people, especially children, shines brightly. He volunteers with Mount St. Vincent home for children, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Boys and Girls Club, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Volunteers of America, and Easter Seals. He also reads to visually-impaired children at the Anchor Center for the Blind.
Married to Susan for 37 years, and the father of two grown children, Ernie started Vet Tech school last year so he can open a free spay/neuter clinic in southern Colorado someday.