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...Craig Cannon, News AnchorCraig Cannon
was born in Moses Lake, a small town in the state of Washington.Craig
spent most of his
formative years in California and Arizona.However, he
did live in Pretoria, South Africa, for four years where his
father was a missionary. Craig Cannon
"Some of my best childhood memories come from those four years in South Africa," he
says."I truly believe that the best education anyone can get, besides school, is to travel.It's a life-changing event to experience different cultures and meet so many wonderful people from all over the world." Cannon
says that his
life really took on a new meaning when he
crossed the Arkansas River and settled in Fort Smith.He
said it was the beginning of the best years of his
life.Cannon came to KHBS/KHOG-TV in October 1983, as the main anchor and reporter for the fledgling dual-station news operation.
"My main duties were confined to reporting and anchoring the evening news," he
says. But Craig was soon named news director, and later became vice president and director of news with the Hernreich Broadcasting Company.
admits meeting the responsibilities of both jobs was at times challenging, to say the least, they've rewarded him beyond expectation.
"That's one thing I can say without hesitation," he
says."At least I am fortunate enough to be one of those people in life that loves their job.Life is too short to do something you don't love." Craig
also says that it's been his
pleasure to hire so many fine young professionals over the years and that he
will never be able to adequately express how truly proud he
is of their accomplishments. At the end of 1998, Cannon decided to retire from his duties as News Director to spend more time with his family. "After 12 years of working in a dual role, I feel I can now dedicate myself to my priorities: my spiritual life, my family and my career behind the anchor desk," he says.
As many viewers know, Cannon
has had a long struggle with an affliction known as "Bell's palsy".Craig
says that "that's one big reason this locality is so special to me.I can never adequately thank the many, many viewers who have supported me with their kindness, their letters of encouragement, and especially their prayers over the years."
Craig's wife Cheryl is a native of Fort Smith.He
has two daughters, Ashley and Rachel.
"My No. 1 priority is my wife and two daughters," he
also loves golf, and he
enjoys working around the house as a sort of handyman.He
also enjoys reading books, especially biographies and the currently popular religious series "Left Behind."Additionally, Craig
always looks forward to speaking engagements and helping out charitable causes in any way possible. Cannon graduated from Oral Roberts University with a Bachelor of Science in Communications in 1981.He
then took jobs at KJRH-TV
in Tulsa, KOAM-TV in Joplin, KTUL-TV
in Tulsa, before moving to 40/29.
E-Mail Craig at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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