Patrick Cunningham joined the KETK news team in September 2018 and was thrilled to stay in his hometown of Tyler, where he has lived since 2005. As a digital reporter, he helps cover sports, crime, and local politics. His favorite part of the job is covering high school football for Friday Football Fever.
Patrick has covered several high-profile court cases for KETK, including the month-long trial of William Davis, the Tyler nurse convicted of murdering several patients and who was later sentenced to death.
He is a 2014 graduate of Bishop Gorman Catholic High School, where he worked as a member of the yearbook staff for three years, including as Editor his senior year. He also ran a sports blog named “CRU Corner” that covered athletics at the school. He was a three-sport athlete, competing in football, basketball and track. He was the team’s head track captain during his junior and senior years.
Patrick attended the University of Texas at Tyler and majored in mass communications and journalism with a minor in sports communications. He graduated in 2018 and worked in gameday operations for the Patriots where he had varying roles as play-by-play announcer, statistician, and social media manager. He helped cover multiple postseason appearances, including national championships in 2016 and 2018.
He interned at KTBB News, a local radio station in Tyler during the summer of 2017 where he worked under Bill Coates and Paul Berry. He helped research for content as well as record news voiceovers.
Patrick has a passion for sports and is a die-hard fan of the Cowboys, Rangers, Mavericks, and Stars as well as Notre Dame football. He loves to travel around the country for games and has a bucket list of visiting as many professional sports stadiums as he can.
If you have any suggestions for new destinations, don’t be afraid to let him know!