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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.

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    MURPHY’S LAW: Iowa Advances To Ugly Court.

    There have been years Hawkeye fans wanted no part of the NIT. Those years will come again. But right now, it’s a big step, and Iowa fans fully embraced the NIT Tuesday night. Carver-Hawkeye Arena was nearly full, Hawk fans were fully energized, and the Iowa team gave them reason to cheer… Iowa played one of its best games of the season against a solid Dayton team that had the misfortune of playing a “home game” in Iowa City. The […]

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    MURPHY’S LAW: Big 4 All Playing.

    For the first time, all four NCAA men’s basketball teams in Iowa will play in the post-season. Of course, that’s tempered somewhat by the fact we now have four tourneys, and let’s be real, there’s only one everyone cares about. That’s the one that invited Iowa State… Tough draw for the Cyclones. #8 seed playing defending national champion UConn (9) in Louisville Thursday night at 8:20. Winner likely plays #1 Kentucky. Royce White says to be the best, you have to beat […]

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    MURPHY’S LAW: UConn, UGone

    So much for nervous jitters. The Cyclones came out with guns blazing… Iowa State will play #1 Kentucky Saturday night because the Cyclones outplayed UConn, kept cool when the Huskies made runs, and had the best player on the court… Royce White started the game with a swift drive and thundering dunk. It set the tone. White then scored 15 points, pulled down 13 rebounds, and created uncomfortable match-up problems for UConn all night… No player in the NCAA tournament […]

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    MURPHY’S LAW: 3 Down 1 To Go, Shirley’s Misery

    Nice NIT win for UNI. The Panthers play Drexel next, so they stay in Philly… Three of Iowa’s Big 4 basketball teams won in the past 24 hours. You already know about UNI and Iowa, plus Drake beat North Dakota for the Bulldogs first post-season win in 35 years. Can that be right? Apparently it is. The Dogs play at Rice Saturday… There is no doubt UConn is looking past Iowa State to Kentucky. When Jeremy Lamb was asked about […]

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    MURPHY’S LAW: And Then There Was One.

    The Hawkeyes scored 97 points. And lost. Now that’s bad defense. It’s also good offense, most of it from underclassmen… UNI also lost in the NIT’s second round. We can all go back to not caring about the NIT now… The Cyclones did all they could against Kentucky. The Wildcats are just too good. ISU’s one shot was raining threes, and that didn’t happen. Nothing lacking in the effort… Royce White yelled in a moment of emotion that he was […]

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    MURPHY’S LAW: Frantic Friday, CIML Power

    Thursday lacked that signature shocker we’ve come to expect from March Madness. Friday more than made up for it. Lehigh takes down Duke, and Norfolk State shocks Missouri. Two 15 seeds win on the same day, bringing a sigh of relief from Cyclone fans tired of watching Hampton’s annual reminder that even a 2-seed can lose… Former Cyclone Paul Shirley, who just wrote a candid and controversial story for the Register on what happened against Hampton, tweeted the following: “Hooray! […]

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    MURPHY’S LAW: Scattershot Thoughts For Friday.

    A Des Moines Hoover booster is trying to raise money for a permanent plaque at the high school baseball field honoring Hoover alum Jeremy Hellickson. Linda Nahas would like the plaque to read, “Home Field of Jeremy Hellickson, 2011 AL Rookie of the Year”. Linda says donations are slow. If you’d like to help out, please make out a check to “Hoover Baseball Association” and mail it to 3020 50th, Des Moines, 50310… Do you know an Iowan who demonstrates […]

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    MURPHY’S LAW: Royce Rolls.

    I’ve tried to imagine what I really think is best for Royce White, and there’s no clear answer. White seems so at peace with his life in Ames, and for a guy with an anxiety disorder and checkered past, that’s no small thing. He also needs a jump shot, and a drastic upgrade in free throw shooting success. I have no doubt White would be a better player after another season at Iowa State. However, I’m not sure his draft […]

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    MURPHY’S LAW: Fans Show Up Strong, Barnes Crestfallen.

    Nice showing out of Des Moines in the NCAA women’s basketball tournament. No regional had more fans. That’s how you keep the events coming… It was great to see thousands of people walking around downtown Saturday. Jenny and I saw a backed-up line at Zombie Burger and a 2 hour wait for a table at Buzzard Billy’s (both combine great food with a cool atmosphere. Funny how that works). The East Village was overrun with Kansas and Tennessee fans, and […]

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    MURPHY’S LAW: Baylor Dominates, Barnes Beating, Water Waste

    The most dominant player in college basketball is… Brittney Griner. Not even close… Like Kentucky, Baylor is clearly the best team. Doesn’t always mean that team wins, but in women’s basketball, it’s a safer bet… Props to the 17,000 basketball fans who attended the Des Moines Regional. The turnout, despite no local teams, ensures we’ll have more tournaments… I think Pat Summitt just coached her final game, and that’s sad. However, the legend accomplished everything… Running down Harrison Barnes has […]

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    MURPHY’S LAW: Great Quote, Magic Money, Fantastic Fenway

    Early quote of the week favorite goes to Des Moines Buccaneers coach Regg Simon confirming to me he’d been fired, “One of the happiest days of my life”… The Dodgers just sold for $2 billion dollars. Magic Johnson is part of the group… The IceBorg is upset the Rockies cut local guy Casey Blake. IceBorg was hoping to score some free tickets when visiting Colorado (not really)… Quick. Who’s in the NIT finals? If you said Minnesota and Stanford, you […]

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    MURPHY’S LAW: Hawk Vibe, Lolo London, Cool Bird

    Marcus Paige had 6 points, and more importantly, 7 assists in the McDonald’s All-American Game. Paige wanted to show what a great passer he is, and he did… Hawkeye’s Jon Miller had this nugget: Of the five McDonald’s All-Americans from the state of Iowa, four left to play for Roy Willams. Ouch… The IceBorg says there seems to be a different vibe at Iowa football these days. I agree. Sometimes change is good. New blood brings new energy. I […]


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