Patrick Welter has been reporting with Spectrum News 13 since March 2018.
Patrick is a two-time Emmy Award-winning sports journalist, and we’re lucky to have him on our team. Patrick loves reporting for sports, because he never knows when he’s going to see something amazing. He loves it when a player or team turns the sports world upside-down.
Patrick has always loved stories, including superheroes and classic myths. Some people think incredible things don’t happen in real life, but Patrick says they happen in a different way, and news and sports are about real people doing extraordinary things. Patrick finds that the greatest stories about love, loss, and the pursuit of happiness can help people better understand the world.
Even though Patrick isn’t a native Floridian, he says life always seemed cooler in Florida (not weather-wise, though!). Patrick graduated from Providence College in Rhode Island, where he won Best Picture at the Providence College Film Festival. At that time, he wanted to be a movie director, but his first job out of college was for the Tampa Tribune. When he left to pursue television news, he knew he wanted to make his way back to Florida.
Patrick has covered several big stories, but the one that sticks out to him is from 2018: Britton Daniel, a high school football player, was diagnosed with bone cancer. Britton’s family allowed Patrick into their lives to follow his fight against cancer. Months after the story aired, Britton went into remission, and Patrick says it’s a moment he’ll never forget.
When not on air, you might find Patrick with his wife, Amanda, and their daughter, Emma. Patrick’s favorite show is The Sopranos, but he still gives new movies and TV shows a chance. He loves music and was in a band in college but will occasionally still play some guitar and drums. Patrick loves the Central Florida community, which he says is a great place to be a journalist. If you’re out and about, you might see Patrick eating at Jimmy Hula’s or, of course, at a Friday night football game.