Stan Stovall has always been very curious about not only the world around him locally but also globally.
His first job at 10 years old was as a paperboy. “Not only did I throw the paper, I also read the newspaper cover to cover every day and I also watched television news,” he recalled. “I watched the newscast at 6 p.m. every night. That’s just how curious I was about the world around me.”
Not only did the habit make him a great student who mainly made straight As throughout his schooling but also put him on a path to make him a successful broadcast journalist.
For nearly 50 years — with more than 35 spent in Baltimore — Stovall has brought residents the news. He is currently at WBAL but was previously at WMAR-TV.
“I feel honored that people not only have accepted me but they trust me to come into their homes and turn on whatever channel I am at the time and tune me in,” he said. “I’ve had a successful run in Baltimore.”
Debilitating stage fright caused Stovall at age 17 to run for senior class president as a way to get over his fear. The position got him a ticket to the annual Arizona Boys State program, where he won multiple offices and was noticed by Ernest W. McFarland, the owner of the local ABC affiliate and a former Arizona governor, who gave him a job at the station.
Winning multiple accolades over the years, including an Emmy, Stovall is quick to note he does not bring residents the news alone.