“Find your passion and pursue that as a career. You’ll be a lot happier, and you’ll naturally put in the effort to be successful”
Ken Boddie is co-anchor of “KOIN 6 News This Morning “ every weekday, and produces a weekly segment called “Where We Live”, which gives Portland viewers the backstory of local landmarks, events, street names, and historical figures.
Ken started at KOIN in 1985, first as a producer and assignment editor, then in front of the camera as a reporter and anchor. Over the years, Ken has been KOIN’s business reporter, legislative reporter, and City Hall Reporter. Before that, Ken was a producer and reporter at KPTV-12, which is now FOX-12.
Ken began his broadcasting career at WHCU, the campus radio station at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. That’s where he caught the broadcasting bug, as he covered campus events for the station. It stirred an interest in public affairs and government. So, instead of going to law school after graduation, Ken returned to his home of Rochester, New York, got a job at WDKX radio, and eventually moved up to news director. That caught the attention of the local ABC affiliate television station, where Ken was hired as a reporter.
After a short time away in Trinidad, West Indies, Ken came to Portland and fell in love with the Northwest. Over the years, Ken has covered everything from earthquakes and flooding to political scandals and school shootings. He believes that every story should be written and communicated clearly, accurately, and without bias.
In 2016, Ken was awarded one of Portland’s highest civic honors when he was named an honorary Royal Rosarian. He has received numerous civic awards, and has been recognized by the Associated Press for his work.
Ken is also known for his community work, especially with young people. He is a former Board Member of PDXJazz, which produces the Portland Jazz Festival every February. His support of local musicians is well-known, as he often acts as emcee for events in Portland’s vibrant music scene.
In 2021, Ken won a regional Emmy for his story on his response to a racist letter he received in the fall of 2020.
Ken is also a 2017 recipient of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Silver Circle Award, which is awarded for journalistic excellence with at least 25 years in television. NATAS is the EMMY Awards Organization.