Craig Birnbach

Sports Director

Craig Birnbach
Craig Birnbach
Sports Director
Craig is the KATU Sports Director. Before joining the KATU sports team in 2007, 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 4 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 enjoys playing sports of all kinds, including basketball and softball. 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 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.
Sports Nothing's been routine for Ducks this time Nothing's been routine for Ducks this time (Video)
You would think that since the Ducks were at the Rose bowl just two years ago things leading up to this game would be rather routine and their wouldn't be much to talk about at media day. Well, really the only thing that has been routine here for the Ducks has been practice.
Sports 115th Civil War suffering from a lack of hype? Really? 115th Civil War suffering from a lack of hype? Really? (Video)
With the Beavers having the proverbial rebuilding season and the Ducks out of the BCS championship picture after a close loss to USC last week, some people are saying this year's contest is lacking the stakes of past battles.