Tracy Rowlett


Tracy Rowlett

Tracy Rowlett is a American journalist, most recently a co-anchor and managing editor of CBS's Dallas affiliate, KTVT.

Rowlett's last broadcast with KTVT was at 5pm on July 11, 2008. Rowlett announced he will become an anchor and managing editor for shale.tv, a Chesapeake Energy Corporation news and information website on the development of Barnett Shale.

He earned his bachelor's degree from Wichita State University in broadcasting and journalism, and received his master's degree from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Rowlett began his career as a sports reporter for the Wichita Beacon in Wichita, Kansas. He later served in the Air Force, where he was editor of the base newspaper. He was later transferred to Wheelus Air Base in Tripoli, where he worked for Armed Forces Radio and Television.

When John F. Kennedy was assassinated, Rowlett was still serving at Tripoli, and spent three days reporting events concerning the assassination and funeral of Kennedy. Afterwards, he decided to switch from print media, to radio and television.

After his military discharge, he worked at KFH Radio, and as news director for KAKE-TV in Wichita. He went on to become news director at KMNS in Sioux City, Iowa, and later as the Washington correspondent for KTOK-TV in Oklahoma City, and the Oklahoma News Network.

In April 1974, he moved to the Dallas/Fort Worth area, working as an investigative reporter for WFAA-TV. In August, 1975, he was teamed with Iola Johnson to anchor the 6 and 10 p.m. news. Tracy left WFAA in 1999 to become the main anchor at KTVT (CBS11).

Tracy Rowlett has received many awards during his career, including two duPont-Columbia Awards, several Emmy Awards, as well as various Associated Press and United Press International awards.

He is very involved in the Dallas/Fort Worth community, serving on various boards for local organizations, and has received many community awards for his charity works. With his wife, Jill, he has four children. His youngest, Michael, is autistic.

Rowlett was alleged to have had an physical relationship with Jan Bridgman, a weekend anchor at WFAA. Bridgman committed suicide on August 30, 1984, pulling her car into her garage, and passing from carbon monoxide poisoning. It was alleged that she was distraught over the end of her relationship with Rowlett.


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