2010 Inductee

A prestigious sports anchor for almost 40 years and NYS Emmy winner, Ed Kilgore continues to take on the role as Sports Director for WGRZ-TV in Buffalo.  Holding several roles as a sports anchor, host, and photographer, Ed has watched and played sports all across the country.

Born and raised in Oregon, Ed attended high school in Macon, Missouri, and continued his education at the University of Missouri on a partial baseball scholarship. He graduated with a Journalism Degree in 1969, and decided to combine both his love for sports and journalism by becoming a sports anchor. Kilgore landed his first job in 1970 as an anchor/photographer for WOAI-TV (NBC) in San Antonio, Texas.  He became the weekend sports anchor/ photographer for KTRK-TV (ABC) in Houston in 1972, and in 1973 he decided to move to Buffalo to work for WGRZ-TV.

Kilgore has hosted several showsin his career, such as the Lou Saban Show in 1973, the Chuck Knox Show in 1979 and 1980, and the Jim Kelly Show from 1987 to 1997. He, also, became the intermission host for Sabres television on WGRZ-TV in 1978 to 1998, which led him to win his first NYS Emmy for the Buffalo Market in 1993 for Best Sports Reporting.  Kilgore is very involved with the community, serving spots on the Sabres Hall of Fame Selection Committee, Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame Advisory Committee, and Bills Wall of Fame committee. Ed is honored in the Kids Escaping Drugs Hall of Fame.

Ed currently resides in Orchard Park with his wife, Debra. He has a daughter, Shannon, who is following in his footsteps as a University of Missouri Journalism 2009 graduate and now a student at the University of the Arts London.  In Ed’s spare time, he likes to golf, run, hike, and travel. His interests include both music and cosmology.

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