Familiar to the Tri-Cities region and surrounding area as the anchorman for WCYB-TV - Channel 5, Merrill Moore has become the most trusted and watched face in the five-state area. His career of over 30 years in the media sets him apart as a journalist.
Moore began his broadcast career at WETB radio station while attending University High on the campus of East Tennessee State University. While attending ETSU, majoring in English, he was active in broadcasting.
In the early 1960s, he became involved with Sigma Delta Chi, the Society of Professional journalists. His commercial broadcast career was interrupted by military service from 1956-58. While in the military preparing educational television, an Army colleague suggested he consider news broadcasting. After returning to radio, he moved to WCYB-TV in Bristol, where he would work his way through the ranks.
In 1962, Moore began anchoring the 11 p.m. newscast. By 1964, he took over the 6 p.m. newscast and is now in his thirty-fourth year at the helm. Over the years, he has covered the news of eight presidents and interviewed four of them: Ford, Carter, Bush and Clinton, along with countless governors, senators and congressmen.
When there has been a major issue of concern to the region, Merrill Moore has been there to cover it. He has had the opportunity to see some of his news stories carried through conclusion. He covered the ETSU medical school from the drawing board stage through the first class of its graduates. He has reported the news related to the completion of an interstate highway from Kingsport, Tennessee, to Asheville, North Carolina. His insightful coverage has kept the public aware of the issues.
His patience and dedication never wane. Today, he may be seen working on personal interviews before he prepares the evening news program at his office. Moore is a plane enthusiast and relishes the chance to produce feature stories on flying. He once flew in an F-18 with the Blue Angels, an experience he claims as both a personal and career highlight. Official estimates indicate he has written and produced more than 25,000 news stories and has anchored more than 8,000 newscasts.
Moore and his wife, Irene, are the parents of two children, Stacy and Mark, and they have two grandchildren.