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David James

David James was hired at KUTV in August of 1992. Over the last 27 years he has covered two NBA Finals, an NBA All-Star game and an NCAA Final Four. He traveled to Japan in 1998 and Australia in 2000 in preparation for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. David anchors KUTV weekend sports shows and helped launch the weeknight version of “Talkin’ Sports” on sister station KMYU. From 2005-2009 he hosted the Utah Jazz pregame, halftime and post- game TV shows. He has been the TV Voice of Real Salt Lake soccer on KMYU since 2015 and for 17 years has partnered with Pat Kinahan to make “DJ&PK” a morning drive radio institution on 97.5/1280TheZone, the Utah Jazz flagship radio station.

In 2012 David began introducing the Souper Bowl of Caring across Utah, asking people to donate some of their Super Bowl party budget to fight poverty. In 2014 KUTV adopted The Souper Bowl of Caring as a station initiative and focused on raising money to feed hungry children. They have collected more than $4 million dollars in cash and food, helping more than 100 schools open pantries across the state and assisting the Utah Food Bank in sending mobile food pantries to more than 70 schools.

David grew up in suburban San Diego and graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 1986. His first full-time radio job was at KTMS/Y-97 in Santa Barbara where he called UCSB football games, hosted a sports talk show and anchored drive time sportscasts. In 1989 he was hired at KEYT-TV in Santa Barbara and he moved to KOVR-TV in Sacramento in 1991. He lives in Salt Lake City with his wife Marina. They have two children, Ryan and Lia.

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