Ron Zappolo

2005 Inductee

Ron Zappolo is the co-anchor of the 9 O’clock news at KDVR Fox31 in Denver, having helped in its launch 5 years ago. Ron got his start back in 1970 at WTTG in Washington, DC, as a copy boy, working his way up to the weekend sportscaster position. Seven years later he made the jump to KOA (now KCNC) and moved to Denver – knowing only that it was part of one of those “square states” out west. He worked as the main sports anchor, did play-by-play for KOA radio, and made a name for himself in the sports world by earning the respect of players, coaches and viewers for his integrity, reporting, and love of sports. In 1990 he moved to KUSA as sports anchor and also as host of the “Denver Huddle,” a sports interview show. He became known for his sports commentary segments during the nightly newscast.

Making the change from a sports guy to a credible news anchor has been a challenge Ron welcomed with his trademark professionalism and humility. At KDVR he also hosts a show, “Zappolo’s People,” during which he interviews celebrities, politicians and local heroes. Ron is now firmly entrenched in Colorado and active in the community. He is passionate about his work with the Adoption Exchange, for over 15 years helping to make the public aware of children in the foster care system waiting for parents. Ron is also active with the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer event and the Colorado Aids Project.

Ron enjoys spending time on the golf course or watching a good game – especially the Red Sox! – but most of all he loves spending time with his wife and five children.