Keith Murphy

13 fascinating facts about Keith Murphy:
• I worked at Walt Disney World in High School.
• The first time I ever lost a foot race, it was to a girl. (I'm looking at you Blanche Wiggins.)
• I've read the sports section, while eating breakfast, with the paper propped between my cereal bowl and a gallon of milk for as long as I can remember.
• I've had neck, shoulder, knee, and nose surgery---all from sports related injuries.
• I moved to broadcasting after a bad concussion at college football practice my freshman year. Future NFL All-Pro Jessie Tuggle knocked the snot out of me. He's a nice guy though, and I probably had it coming.
• I once had a fly land in my mouth during a sportscast. I coughed it up, and laughed so hard, we had to go to commercial. Fortunately there was no "You Tube" then.
• I once high jumped 6' 4". I also once threw two interceptions in a quarter.
• I worked at a movie theater for more than three years. My friends and I often stayed until sun-up watching films.
• I often drink a glass of half diet Pepsi/half milk. It tastes like a root beer float.
• I was "promoted" to news early in my career, but couldn't get out fast enough after covering the Gainesville Ripper murders in 1990. I often get emails from viewers after they've seen old file footage of me on a national story about the killings. I'm the guy (with more hair) who looks like he should be doing sports.
• I'm actually shy. I'm an introvert who plays an extrovert on television.
• I was an Altar Boy who laughed too much, a Cub Scout who couldn't tie knots, and a news anchor who loved sports.
• I was benched an entire game in the local Little League World Series for throwing my bat in anger after striking out. The following year I won the sportsmanship trophy. Thank you, coach Hutchinson.

Sports Director Keith Murphy joined the Channel 13 news team in 1996 and helped change what viewers expect from our local sports coverage. The old cliche is true, it's not just scores and highlights with Keith. Sportscasts are often fun, almost always opinionated, and at times, thought-provoking. Murphy has won Iowa Sportscaster of the Year and anchored the Emmy, Associated Press, and IBNA choices for "Best Sportscast " numerous times. He's won Murrow and Sevareid awards for outstanding sports reporting. Keith also knows people don't watch sportscasts because someone won awards, but he hopes it impresses old friends and classmates when they Google his name.

In addition to anchoring sports in the Channel 13 News at Six and Ten, Keith hosts Iowa's most watched and talked about sports-based show, SoundOFF with Keith Murphy and Andy Fales, Sunday nights live at 10:35. SoundOFF is an interactive show where the fans have a voice, or at the least, a keyboard. SoundOFF, on a good night, is both informative and entertaining, even for non-sports enthusiasts. You never know what you'll hear, or what will happen, and it usually goes beyond sports and ventures into entertainment and pop culture. SoundOFF recently celebrated its 800th show. SoundOFF is now in its 17th year, with more people watching than ever, and it keeps winning awards. We're surprised too.

Before joining Channel 13, Murphy was Sports Director at WOI-TV in Des Moines, where in addition to anchoring sportscasts, he provided play-by-play for Cyclone basketball on ESPN and the Iowa - Iowa State football game on ABC regional television.

Keith married his best friend, Jenny. They blended families to create a modern day Brady Bunch, only with all boys and no Astro Turf, though Keith wishes he had it so he'd never have to mow. Who are we kidding... with six boys he won't have to mow until he's 60. When the Murphys aren't mowing, they're playing sports or video games, watching movies, and pulling pranks.

You can read Keith's opinions on everything in and out of sports on his popular blog, Murphy's Law. It's updated at every night.

Recent Articles

  • MURPHY’S LAW: Pierschbacher Flip, Cyclone Gear, Breaking Bad

    Posted on: 10:19 pm, August 13, 2013, by , updated on: 10:42am, August 14, 2013

    Iowa’s top football recruit, Ross Pierschbacher, flipped to Alabama. It’s not the end of the world. Recruits often don’t pan...
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  • MURPHY’S LAW: Davis No Huddle, Bilas Schools NCAA, Marriage Proposal Hoax

    Posted on: 10:53 pm, August 8, 2013, by

    25 years ago, the Cubs played their first night game. One reason given, to help the Cubs end their long...
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  • MURPHY’S LAW: Cyclone Throwbacks, Premature Celebration, Save Floppy

    Posted on: 10:55 pm, August 5, 2013, by , updated on: 03:20pm, August 6, 2013

    Either Alex Rodriguez has lost it, or he’s convinced himself he’s done nothing wrong. As his world burns around him,...
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  • MURPHY’S LAW: Zonkey Debra, Racing Cheetah, Adopting Tina

    Posted on: 11:23 pm, July 24, 2013, by , updated on: 01:18am, July 25, 2013

    Glad to see Des Moines East make it to state for the first time in 15 years. There is no...
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  • MURPHY’S LAW: Braun Award, Butler Shirt, Sandlot Reunion

    Posted on: 10:42 pm, July 23, 2013, by , updated on: 10:12am, July 24, 2013

    When asked about Aaron Hernandez, Tom Brady says, “I have moved on.” Some people say that’s cold. What do they...
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  • MURPHY’S LAW: Braun Gone

    Posted on: 11:01 pm, July 22, 2013, by , updated on: 11:11pm, July 22, 2013

    Remember when Ryan Braun said this: Well, forget that. Braun lied. Braun now admits he “made mistakes”. He accepts Major...
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  • MURPHY’S LAW: Jim Carrey, Cyclone Bowl, Save Floppy

    Posted on: 1:03 am, July 19, 2013, by

    No team in Iowa high school baseball history got over a loss faster than the Pella Dutch. The proof, as...
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  • MURPHY’S LAW: More Lolo, Fallon Funnies, Soccer Rules

    Posted on: 10:51 pm, July 16, 2013, by , updated on: 01:52am, July 17, 2013

    Lolo Jones can’t stay out of the news, even when she wants. As first reported by Fox Sports Radio’s Amy...
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  • MURPHY’S LAW: Boston Weekend Vacation Slide Show

    Posted on: 9:32 pm, July 15, 2013, by , updated on: 12:22am, July 16, 2013

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  • MURPHY’S LAW: Ferentz Ranking, White Fatigue, Ray Donovan

    Posted on: 10:50 pm, July 8, 2013, by

    Kirk Ferentz is not one of the worst college football coaches in America. I don’t care what Sports Illustrated’s Stewart...
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  • MURPHY’S LAW: Stevens not Hoiberg, Rubbin’s Racin’, Block Party

    Posted on: 10:20 pm, July 3, 2013, by

    The Celtics hire Butler’s Brad Stevens. Did not see that one coming. Stevens can flat-out coach. The fact he took...
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  • MURPHY’S LAW: Cubs Win, White Scores, Heat Laughs

    Posted on: 11:07 pm, July 1, 2013, by , updated on: 08:56am, July 2, 2013

    The I-Cubs are 43-42, and still lead their division by three games… It didn’t take long to see Iowa assistant...
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