Silver Circle Induction —- Peggy Breit Fall 2018
Peggy Breit has been a KMBC 9 News Reporter since 1982. She graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in journalism and mass communications. She has amassed several awards for excellence in broadcast journalism, including two regional Emmy’s. KMBC most recently won a Regional Murrow Award for Peggy’s passion and relentless pursuit in the LaMonte McIntyre story. LaMonte was arrested at age 17 and spent the past 23 years behind bars as part of a double homicide he did not commit. Peggy was there every step of the way as she developed relationships with LaMonte’s family and the Midwest Innocence Project. LaMonte was finally exonerated and set free. This is just one of the countless stories Peggy has devoted her unyielding energy and passion in and illustrates her commitment to our community and excellence in journalism.
Two of Peggy’s most memorable assignments were trips to El Salvador and Croatia, but she says the chance to meet new people every day and experience life all around the area from the perspective of its residents is the highlight of her job.
Peggy says there couldn’t be a job with more variety – fires, murders, gardening (one of her passions), a child prodigy… anything could be on tap for the day. And then it can all change on a dime when there’s breaking news. “It’s what keeps me on my toes, aware of the world and in touch with our community.” According to Peggy, “It’s been a wonderful choice of careers.”