Derrick Rose loves being a storyteller! It's how he primarily describes himself when asked what he does for a living.
"I'm in an open relationship with words and pictures," he says.
One of Derrick's favorite stories he's told happened shortly after joining WHAS 11 News was that of Asia Ford, the woman who, in the midst of a major weight loss, made national headlines when a photographer captured an image of Louisville Metro Police Lt. Aubrey Gregory helping Ford to the finish line of the Rodes City Run 10K.
Derrick joined WHAS in March 2015 as a Weekend Anchor after spending two years covering stories along the Alabama Gulf Coast for WMPI-TV, the NBC affiliate in Mobile, Alabama. While in Mobile, Derrick was the Saturday evening anchor as well as a lead reporter for the late evening news.
Prior to working in Mobile, Derrick worked at WBTV-TV in Charlotte as an enterprise reporter for WBTV News This Morning. In his first year at WBTV, Derrick was named "Rookie of the Year" by the North Carolina Associated Press. Also during his time in Charlotte, Derrick broke the tragic story of the discovery of the body of Phylicia Barnes, a Charlotte teen who disappeared and was murdered while visiting relatives in Baltimore. Phylicia's disappearance became a national story. Derrick developed a close relationship with Phylicia's father, Russell. Because of that relationship and after learning Phylicia's favorite color was purple, you will often see Derrick wearing a purple tie on Tuesdays as a nod to the slain teen and her father.
Derrick says he really learned to appreciate the importance of finding memorable characters and telling their stories with the perfect blend of words and pictures during his time at WAVY-TV, the NBC/FOX duopoly in Norfolk, Virginia. It was there, in consecutive years, the National Association of Television Arts & Sciences honored Derrick with regional Emmy nominations for his storytelling and live reporting. In 2007, Derrick helped WAVY-TV break several developments and lead nationwide coverage of the federal dog fighting investigation of Virginia native Michael Vick. The following year Derrick was part of the team during WAVY's Emmy Award-winning coverage of a tornado that devastated Suffolk, Va.
Derrick stresses that success would not have been capable without the creativity and vision of a remarkably talented team of photographers at WAVY. It was amongst that group, the nationally recognized group "Storytellers" was founded.
Derrick says some of his most memorable stories came during his tenure at WJTV-TV, the CBS affiliate in Jackson, Mississippi. In 2005, Derrick was the first television reporter in the country to broadcast the arrest of reputed Ku Klux Klansman Edgar Ray Killen for the 1964 murders of three civil rights workers in Philadelphia, Mississippi. That summer, in Philadelphia, with Derrick on the front lines, the nation watched a jury convict Killen exactly 41 years to the day of the killings. Two months later, Derrick found himself inside Mississippi's Emergency Management Headquarters with state officials as they prepared, responded and recovered from Hurricane Katrina.
Just before leaving Jackson, the city's Association of Black Journalists, a local chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists, named Derrick Journalist of the Year.
Derrick's first paid reporter job came as he moved 1,000 miles away from home to work in Greenville, MS at WABG-TV.
His career, however, was launched at WMJF-TV, the FCC licensed television station owned and operated by Towson University in Baltimore with then-roommate and fellow broadcast journalist Don Champion, now of CBS News. While at Towson, WBAL-TV, the Baltimore NBC affiliate, invited Derrick to be an intern. It's where his appreciation and philosophy of working with photojournalists started.
Derrick ultimately credits his career and talent to his faith in God. If you have a church to suggest to Derrick, let him know.
Derrick lives in Louisville and welcomes all ideas, hard news and feature stories, especially ones that feature a unique person with a unique story or an unexpected event.
You can email your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org and keep up with Derrick on social media by following @WHAS11DRose on Twitter or liking the Derrick Rose News Facebook Page.