Ed Kilgore – Speaker

Ed Kilgore’s achieved many things over his long career, but one of the things he’s proudest of is having worked for 40 years in the same market, and at the same station, no less. In a time where on-air personalities come and go, Ed has been the foundation of the Sports Department at Buffalo’s WGRZ, Channel 2 for almost the entirety of his career, serving as Sports Director since 1974.

kilgorech2smallEd earned his degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri and took sports reporting jobs in Houston and in San Antonio before he landed at WGRZ in 1973. Since making Buffalo his home, he has reported on the sports stories that have gripped us, like the Buffalo Bills incredible run at four straight Super Bowls, the ups and downs of the Buffalo Sabres over almost their entire life in the Queen City and even the loss of the Buffalo Braves NBA franchise in the late 1970′s. Ed has reported on two sets of Olympic Games in 1980 and again in 1996, and on most of the great names in Buffalo Sports history including O.J. Simpson, Jim Kelly, The French Connection, Joe DeLamielleure and many more. His reporting earned him the first Emmy of any Buffalo sports reporter for “Best Sports Reporting”, and in 2010 he was inducted into the Buffalo Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame.

Ed left WGRZ in May 2013 to work as VP of Public Relations for East Management Services LP, based in Pittsburgh and Boca Raton FL.  East Management is an oil/natural gas acquisition and exploration company, and Ed’s focus is to help change the negative perception of hydraulic fracturing in New York State, where a ban on unconventional drilling remains in place.

Ed has always had a love of life and adventure. In his early days he hitchhiked around the United States, traveled around Europe alone, and even spent 2 summers in Alaska writing stories for a small newspaper about the Alaska Goldpanners, a non-professional baseball team. At age 63, when most men who had accomplished so much would be looking towards retirement and the golf course, Ed decided to embark on two more great adventures. In August of 2010, a group organized by Ed climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa at 19,340 feet. The climb raised $40,000 for Kids Escaping Drugs. In 2012, Ed published his memoir, “As I’ve Seen It – Wide Right, No Goal and Other Buffalo Sports Sagas”.

Ed Kilgore wants to continue to share those rich stories.

Audience

Ed Kilgore is appropriate for all aged audiences, and audiences of all sizes

Themes

Inspiration, Teamwork, Leadership, Buffalo sports scene

Fee: Negotiable, long distance travel and accommodations not included.

Contact Information, Websites, and Social Media

Email inquires: ekilgore@roadrunner.com

Phone: 716-867-1883

Website for book: buffalobooks.com/seen-it.html

Twitter: @kedwinkilgore