Reed Cowan co-anchors News 3 Live at 3, 6 and 7 and reports for News 3 at 11. He is also News 3’s Olympics reporter, bringing the Olympic Games home to Las Vegas from Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and Pyeongchang, South Korea in 2018.
Reed has spent nearly two decades covering some of the biggest stories to hit local and network television screens across the country. From the Elizabeth Smart case to the disasters in Haiti to being the first television anchor on the air in Salt Lake City to report the terror attacks on 9-11. Live, breaking, unscripted, big story coverage is what he thrives on.
Reed grew up in a tiny town in northeastern Utah and spent many hours of his childhood in Las Vegas “before the boom” while traveling with family.
“I used to hold my grandma’s hand walking in and out of Caesar’s Palace. She’d go in with an empty plastic bucket, and leave with the sounds of coins in her purse. That same grandma watched Elvis live in 1971 on stage in Las Vegas and got so excited she had a mild stroke. Fernie survived and returned to Las Vegas as often as she could.”
In 2015, News 3’s Tom Hawley discovered another connection between Reed’s family and Las Vegas, uncovering the story of a mobster who provided slot machines to “Reed’s Club Bar” in Duchesne, Utah (owned by Reed’s grandpa) and the mobster’s deadly repossession of the machines when a Utah Sheriff shot him dead.
“Vegas is kind of a cantankerous part of my Utah family’s story and I love that connectivity.”
When Reed isn’t on-air he travels the United States as a professional speaker, having shared the stage with Nobel Peace Prize nominees and former Presidents. Recently, Reed became a TED TALK speaker.
Reed's efforts with The Wesley Smiles Coalition and Oprah Angel Network's Free The Children has helped spur on more than two million dollars for schools and water treatment facilities in Kenya.
While Reed's accolades include numerous Emmy awards, he's most proud of the simple things like being a family man. Reed is the father of four children, Wesley, Kai, Asher & Rion.
Reed is also a bit of a real estate nut, with his most recent project taking place in the Utah ghost town of Myton, where he bought and restored a century-old former Presbyterian Church, which is now on the National Register of Historic Places because of Reed’s restoration work.
"You want to know me, you have to know my core belief," says Reed. "Every Life has a Story, Every Story has a Lesson and every lesson has the power to change the world. To tell stories, to get those lessons out there and to hold a mirror up to a changing world is humbling. It's a high honor." -Reed Cowan