Alumni & Parent Programs

Corey McPherrin '77

AlumniCMcPherrinIn junior high, Corey McPherrin and his boyhood friends would pretend to be sportscasters. Imitating the announcers they heard on the radio, the boys would retell stories from the local paper and speak their predictions about victories into a little tape recorder.

From the time he was 12, McPherrin knew he wanted to be a television sports anchorman. His goal was not only to cover sports, but to cover them in his hometown of Chicago.

As a student at Butler, McPherrin was on the swim team, served as president of Sigma Chi fraternity and worked for Butler's radio station, WAJC. One of his favorite Butler memories is of covering former Boston Celtics basketball star Larry Bird when he played as a student for Indiana State University in Hinkle Fieldhouse. He also fondly remembers meeting President Gerald Ford during the 1976 presidential campaign and presenting him with an engraved beer mug from the Sigma Chi's.

McPherrin achieved his dream of covering sports in Chicago, serving as a sports anchor for WFLD in Chicago. He has served on the Athletics Board of Visitors and is a member of the Butler University Board of Trustees and was honored as one of Butler's "50 Under 50" in 2005.