Rene Knott joined NewsChannel 5 as Sports Director in January of 2004. Upon his arrival in St. Louis he immediately jumped right into the local sports scene. In April 2004, Rene hosted NewsChannel 5’s live coverage of the Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials. Two months later, he proudly carried the Olympic Torch during the 2004 Olympic Torch Run. “It was one of the most amazing moments of my career. I was honored to represent St. Louis in this international event,” Knott says. Rene’s Olympic feats continued as he reported from the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Just this past summer he reported for NewsChannel 5 and USA Today Sports from the 2012 Olympics in London. Throughout late July and early August he reported live from the Summer Games on everything from the events to the local flavor of England.
Knott most recently covered the winter Olympics in PyeongChang.
Knott is constantly involved in covering local college and high school sports. He also enjoys covering St. Louis’ professional teams as well. He anchors the station’s local sports programming including This Week in Cardinals Nation, and specials like The Heart of St. Louis Sports. Rene is currently a co-anchor for the NewsChannel 5 morning Today In St. Louis Show along with Allie Corey.
Rene takes great pride living in St. Louis. He has emceed the St. Louis American’s Salute to Excellence in Healthcare, presented Woodie Awards for the St. Louis Black Repertory Company and kicked off a literacy campaign by reading to children. Rene also writes feature stories about children in the foster care system for NewsChannel 5’s A Place to Call Home.
Prior to joining NewsChannel 5, Knott worked at WJLA in Washington D.C. as the weekday sports anchor. Knott worked 13 years in Washington, D.C., the eighth largest television market in the country. He won an Emmy for best sportscaster in the Washington-Baltimore area in 1997 and again in 2000.
Knott is a native of Upland, California, a suburb of Lost Angeles and earned his B. S. degree in Communications from Southern Oregon State. Knott was a Division 3 All-American running back, rushing for more than a thousand yards twice during his collegiate career. In 1997, he was inducted into the NAIA District Two Hall of Fame.