Ian Reitz co-anchors Channel 4 News Today weekday mornings from 4 to 7 a.m.
Ian comes to Nashville from Tucson, Ariz., where he worked at KGUN as co-anchor of Good Morning Tucson. There he covered the intense debate over immigration reform, hit the campaign trail with Senator John McCain and took viewers inside an Arizona polygamist community. He also helped lead the station's coverage of the deadly mass shooting and assassination attempt of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
After four years in the desert, Ian says his golf game should be much better. However, he spent most weekends hiking, biking and exploring. He found out that Southern Arizona has some great wineries, Tucson has the southernmost ski resort in the country, and he learned the hard way to always hide the trash cans from javelina.
Prior to Arizona, Ian worked in El Paso, Texas, as an anchor/reporter at KTSM. The city shares its border with Juarez, Mexico. There he flew with the Army's Golden Knights, trained with the FBI, and frequently crossed the border to investigate drug and human smuggling.
Ian also learned how to make enchiladas, slow cook brisket and even tried salsa dancing. Don't ask him to show you any moves though, because he says he's not very good.
Ian's first reporting job was in another desert, Palm Springs, Calif., at KMIR.
He graduated from Chapman University in Orange, Calif., with two degrees, one in Broadcast Journalism and the other in Political Science. He was selected by faculty as the University Valedictorian.
For the most part, Ian grew up in Gig Harbor, Wash. His dad served in the U.S. Navy for two decades, so he also lived in places like New York City and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Now Ian is thrilled to call the Music City his home.
You can send Ian a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.