Scott Koral

Multimedia journalist
Green Bay, Wis.
Scott Koral

One could say Scott is and isn’t new to Green Bay. He’s definitely new to WBAY, as a reporter starting in October of 2022. As for the area, … OK, he’s green (as in new…not the green and gold of the area).

Let’s get this out of the way now…Scott was born and raised in Chicago. But…thanks to his wife, who is from Milwaukee, Scott learned to make Wisconsin home. He’s been to Lambeau Field more times since 2018 than Soldier Field, and one of his broadcasting idols is Packers play-by-play voice Wayne Larrivee. His youngest daughter played volleyball at the Resch Center a few times during high school. His oldest daughter had several high school friends attend UWGB. He and his wife were season ticket holders for the Bucks for a few years.

Scott comes to Titletown by way of Chattanooga and WDEF (CBS), where he began as a reporter, then quickly worked his way up to weekend anchor. It was his first on-air position, and one that holds a special place in his heart.

Scott’s mother grew up in Chattanooga, otherwise known as the Scenic City. Her time there was one of tumult. It was very segregated, and the racial tension was something that made her want to leave the city. When the opportunity arose, it was poetic: Scott wanted to tell the stories of the place that has changed quite a bit from when his mother grew up.

Scott’s road to the Fox Valley in television is quite long, and it weaves a bit.

Going back to the beginning, Scott’s first position in television was as a production assistant at ESPN in Bristol, CT back in 1997. He worked with many of the names you see now or have heard of: Chris Berman; Stuart Scott; Dan Patrick; Robin Roberts; and Linda Cohn, among others. Scott remains in contact with Patrick all these years later, and quite a few of the people that are behind the scenes, too. Scott was transferred to Los Angeles to work on Up Close, the interview show first hosted by Roy Firestone. He became an associate producer, and that was the start of everything. That show allowed him to attend Major League Baseball All-Star Games, the Super Bowl (several times, but none that involved the Packers…or Bears), the Kentucky Derby, and the World Series.

Scott eventually moved on to College Sports Television, which is now CBS Sports Network, as an associate producer. He worked there for four years.

You’d think that would put him in the sports division and a stay behind-the-scenes. I did stay behind-the-scenes, but that was his last professional sports position. Scott left to become a producer for Network News Service in New York City, a now-defunct news sharing organization which had partners with CBS, ABC & FOX.

After that, Scott went into local television, as a producer at KMSB (FOX) in Tucson (now a Gray Television station), WREG (CBS) in Memphis, KTVX (ABC) & KUTV (CBS) in Salt Lake City, KRON (Independent) in San Francisco, and then as an executive producer at WREX (NBC) in Rockford, IL.

So, after being behind-the-scenes for 20 years, why on-air? Honestly, Scott was doing a lot of the work telling the stories of the community, but someone else would be the voice of it. It just felt a little weird not to finish the job.

Scott went back to broadcasting school at the Dan Patrick (the ESPN Dan Patrick) School of Sportscasting at Full Sail University and graduated in 2021 as valedictorian. WDEF was after that, so you get the gist.

Family is the most important thing to Scott, so you might see him around with his wife and two grown children. His family owns two pit bulls named Poppy and Kobe. They love every human being they meet, so prepare for plenty of licks.

Scott wants to know your story. If something is important to you, it’s important to him. Let him know.

One more thing…Go Pack Go.