Pat Hoffmann anchors WANE 15’s First News and Noon shows with Emily Dwire and Greg Shoup. Pat made the transition to news after eight years as WANE 15’s weekend sports anchor in January, 2008. “I miss all the great people I got to know over the years in sports, but this job gives me a new set of opportunities to tell people’s stories in a different way.”
The Dearborn, Michigan native has spent his entire broadcasting career in the Hoosier state. He got his start at WIFF Radio and TV7 in Auburn before joining the WANE 15 team as a photographer and fill-in sports anchor. Pat also worked at FOX 59 in Indianapolis as a sports photographer before returning to WANE 15 as the weekend sports anchor.
Pat has covered major events including the Indianapolis 500, Daytona 500, the Final Four and the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. He says his biggest thrill was covering Super Bowl XL in his hometown of Detroit. “Being on the field at a Super Bowl is an incredible feeling and something I’ll always cherish.”
Pat has twice been honored with Edward R. Murrow awards for sports reporting and several Indiana AP Awards. Pat was recognized by the Indiana Broadcasters Association for Best Sportscast in 2007 along with Randy Schiffman for the Highlight Zone’s coverage of the Colts victory in Super Bowl XLI.
Pat says the favorite part of his job is connecting with viewers. “So many people tell me the first thing they do in the morning is turn on our show.” That’s a responsibility he doesn’t take lightly. “If I can help put a smile on someone’s face while giving them the information they need to start their day, that’s a great feeling.”