The Award-Winning Morning Anchor Loves Calling Johnson County Home
When you first meet Patrick Fazio, if you sense a genuine, upbeat and engaging individual, then please do not waver from that initial conclusion.
In fact, Fazio has approachable written all over him. First impressions lend themselves to the notion that he is just a regular guy who would make a great neighbor and gladly lend you his lawn mower and then invite you over for some barbecue.
However, as morning anchor for KSHB 41 Action News in Kansas City, Fazio has a huge responsibility – and passion – for bringing the metro area up to date on what is happening locally, nationally and globally.
An award-winning journalist, Fazio graduated from Valparaiso University where he played Division I-AA football. He then earned his master’s degree from Indiana State University.
His career is peppered with a variety of once-in-a-lifetime interviews, including Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and numerous senators, congressmen, governors and military officials. His work has been aired nationwide on CNN, Headline News, MSNBC, ABC News and multiple affiliates across the country. Along the way, he developed a penchant for investigative reporting.
“I’ve worked on in-depth stories related to government matters, such as corruption, as well as focused on stories that would help right a wrong,” explains Fazio, who also recalled another highlight of his career. “I did a story on the Chiefs Fantasy Football Camp and caught a pass in the end zone from Trent Green!”
Fazio began his broadcasting career while in college, working for the campus radio station. He then relocated to Idaho Falls, Idaho, where he covered sports for nearly two years before transitioning to another TV station in Springfield, Illinois, where he met his wife Lindsay.
As Lindsay pursued her Ph.D. in Terre Haute, Indiana, Fazio assumed the role as main evening anchor for a station there, but once the couple had kids, plans began to shift.
“With the hours I worked, I was missing out on so much with my kids, so I began to look for a job with a better lifestyle for my family and me,” states Fazio, who frequently missed out on dinner time, story time and bed time with his children.
He then discovered an opportunity in Kansas City, and by July of 2013, he and Lindsay had found their new home in south Overland Park.
As the morning anchor, his shift is not for the faint of heart. He is at the station from 3:30 a.m. until noon each weekday to cover the Morning Show from 4:30 to 7 a.m. and then continue to deliver the news through KSHB on 38 the Spot from 7 to 8 a.m.
“I love this schedule as I get to be there for my kids in the afternoon and evening hours,” he says.
This St. Louis native now calls Johnson County home and could not be happier.
“We love our neighborhood and some of the best times we have are just cooking out and having our neighbors over,” says Fazio with a smile.
Fazio is very impressed by how welcoming the city has been to his family and appreciates all of the things there are to do.
“We have lived in other cities with lots to do, but Kansas City seems to offer a wide variety of activities, whether downtown or in the suburbs, especially for children,” says Fazio. “Our kids love to go to Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead, the Arboretum, Prairie Fire Museum, and the farmers market in downtown Overland Park.”
Of course, the sports enthusiast in Fazio clearly shines when he talks about the Chiefs, the Royals and Sporting KC.
“When I was younger, we used to come to Kansas City and watched the Royals play,” he recalls. “Now I get to enjoy that experience with my family.”