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George Knapp
George Knapp (born April 18, 1952 in Woodbury, New Jersey) is an award-winning American investigative journalist.

A longtime fixture in Las Vegas media, he works at KLAS-TV and is also a frequent host of the Sunday night/Monday morning Coast To Coast AM syndicated radio show. He is known for his work on anomalous phenomena, which is a frequent topic of the Coast to Coast show.

Biography

Born in Woodbury, New Jersey, Knapp grew up in northern California and graduated from Franklin High School in Stockton, where he was the senior class president. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Communication from West Georgia College and a Master's degree in the same field from University of the Pacific. He taught debate and forensics at both the University of the Pacific and University of California, Berkeley.

He moved to Las Vegas in the early 1980s, working first as a cab driver before being hired as an intern, and then, a news reporter at a PBS station. From there, Knapp was hired as a reporter and news anchor for KLAS. He also wrote regular columns for the Las Vegas Sun newspaper and LV Magazine. He also produces free-lance news series for KTNV-TV (ABC), Las Vegas and WTVF-TV (CBS) Nashville, Tennessee.

Knapp became known nationally in the late 1980s by reporting the story of Bob Lazar, who claimed to have worked on extraterrestrial UFOs at the secretive Area 51. Due in part to Knapp's discovery of evidence corroborating some of Lazar's claims, Knapp's stories on Lazar were taken more seriously than typical UFO fare. In 1990, Knapp's stories on Lazar earned an Individual Achievement by a Journalist award from the United Press International. However, to Knapp's "eternal shame", he also, during this era, publicized the claims of conspiracy theorist Bill Cooper, whom Knapp came to regard as far less credible than Lazar.

From 1981 to 1991, Mr. Knapp was anchorman and chief investigative reporter for KLAS TV, the Las Vegas, Nevada CBS affiliate. During that period, he won dozens of regional and national awards for reporting, newswriting, and documentaries on such diverse topics as organized crime, political corruption, and the illegal drug trade. In 1989, Knapp produced a ten-part news series which was compiled into a documentary, UFOs: The Best Evidence. The program was honored by both Associated Press and United Press international, capturing UPI's national award for Best Individual Achievement. It was also nominated for a regional Emmy. A follow-up project, six months later, was also a critical and popular success. Both projects were honored with the Donald Keyhoe Award, presented by the Fund for UFO Research.

In 1991, Knapp left KLAS to accept a position as Senior Vice President with Altamira Communications Group, a public relations firm whose clients included advocates of the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository 90 miles (140 km) north of Las Vegas. Knapp was rehired by KLAS-TV in the mid-1990s when he left the public relations firm. He is currently working on a comprehensive series of UFO-related documentaries, including a project based on his March 1993 visit to Russia.

He wrote a regular column titled "Knappster" for the now-defunct alternative newsweekly Las Vegas Mercury. The "Knappster" column now appears in Las Vegas CityLife, an alternative newsweekly published by Stephens Media LLC, the same company that formerly published the Mercury.

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Knapp worked with the now-defunct group National Institute of Discovery Science (NIDS). Founded by Las Vegas businessman Robert Bigelow, NIDS was charged with scientifically studying unusual phenomenon with top-shelf scientists and funding. Based on his work with NIDS and biochemist Colm Kelleher, Knapp publicized the so-called Skinwalker Ranch in northeast Utah, where strange events are alleged to have occurred.

In 2004, Knapp won a national Edward R. Murrow Award for a story about vote fraud in Clark County, Nevada. He has also won over a dozen Emmy Awards and several writing awards from the Associated Press.

Knapp and photojournalist Matt Adams were recognized for their work on the investigative series Crossfire: Water, Power and Politics that received a 2008 Peabody Award.

 

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Knapp_%28journalist%29
MUFON 1993 International UFO Symposium Proceedings
 
 
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