Craig Birnbach

Sports Director

Craig Birnbach
Craig Birnbach
Sports Director
Craig is the KATU Sports Director. Since coming to Portland in 2007 he has won multiple awards including an Emmy and two Oregon Sportscasters of the Year Awards. Before joining the KATU sports team, he spent seven years as a sports anchor at WCSC in Charleston, S.C. While in Charleston, he won Associated Press awards for his coverage of the Clemson vs. South Carolina rivalry football game and the Cooper River Bridge Run. Craig’s assignments in Charleston included covering SEC and ACC football, The Masters and the Daytona 500.

Craig was born in Long Island, N.Y. and grew up in Matawan, N.J. After graduating from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in English and Psychology, Craig worked as a photographer/reporter at WCSC for four years before moving onto Washington, D.C. In our nation's capital he worked as a communications manager at the world headquarters of Special Olympics before returning to WCSC as a sports anchor in 2000.

Craig met his wife, Kendra, on the softball fields of Delta Park in North Portland. He enjoys playing sports and spending time with his two dogs. He is an avid reader and a huge New York Yankees, Giants, Knicks and Rangers fan. Craig is thrilled to be living and working in a city with such passionate sports fans.

Recent stories by Craig Birnbach

Sports Podcast: Birnbach's Always Right: Mariota's pro debut and more Podcast: Birnbach's Always Right: Mariota's pro debut and more
It’s the dog days of summer, but KATU Sports Director Craig Birnbach and Nick Voll have a lot to talk about! In this episode, we break down Marcus Mariota’s pro debut with the Tennessee Titans, and more!
Sports Quick Quacks: Pop Quiz for Ducks Quick Quacks: Pop Quiz for Ducks (Video)
KATU’s Sport Director Craig Birnbach and KATU anchor Steve Dunn take these hard-hitting questions to the Oregon Ducks to let you see a different side of the players and maybe make them just a little bit uncomfortable.
Sports Video: Confident Lillard accepts Rookie of the Year Award Video: Confident Lillard accepts Rookie of the Year Award (Video)
Damian Lillard pretty much had the award secured by the All Star break, but Wednesday it became official as he became the 4th Blazer to pick up a NBA Rookie of the Year Award. And no surprise here, in accepting the honor, Lillard was cool, calm and collective. Click on the “Play Video” button to watch this story.
Sports Barlow High School coach close to 500 wins Barlow High School coach close to 500 wins (Video)
With a win 55-year-old Tom Johnson would become just the 12th coach in Oregon high school history to win 500 games, but what makes this whole experience even more special is that Johnson wasn't sure if he would even begin his 30th season as a head coach because he was battling throat cancer. Click on the "Play Video" button to watch this story.
Sports Ducks players talk about perceived apathy among fans Ducks players talk about perceived apathy among fans (Video)
The thought of Chip Kelly leaving could be a wakeup call to a fan base that has set expectations so high that many are disappointed by this yar's Fiesta Bowl appearance. For them, it was the national championship or bust.
Sports Sven Bartschi brings NHL chops to Winterhawks Sven Bartschi brings NHL chops to Winterhawks (Video)
Even Edmonton's coach says Sven Bartschi, 19, is something special. Craig Birnbach talked with him after a 'Hawks game about his recent stint in the NHL - which is where he'll likely be next year.