Pete Yanity lives for two things: The first is his wonderful family, the second is his work covering sports.
Pete has been covering and anchoring sports for more than 35 years, and it’s been both his hobby and passion all of his life. And here at 7 News, the passion and the job become one and the same.
He’s been the sports director and main anchor for the 7 News Sports Team since arriving at WSPA-TV in October, 1990.
He can be seen on 7News at 6:00, 7News at 11:00, and 7 News on 62 on WASV-TV weeknights at 10 p.m.
Additionally, he does extensive TV play-by-play assignments for the Southern Conference and other entities for games seen on ESPN3 and Fox Sports/Regional, among other outlets.
Pete served as the radio play-by-play voice of the Clemson Tigers for football and men’s basketball from 2003 through 2014 in addition to hosting the coaches’ TV shows for those sports and was the sideline reporter on the Carolina Panthers preseason TV Network from 2001-2013.
For 12 years, he was the host for Wofford College’s football coach’s TV show and was inducted into the Spartanburg college’s athletic hall of fame as an honorary letterman in 2002.
Among other assignments, he’s filed reports for Raycom Sports’ ACC Football Pregame show.
Through the years, Pete has covered events ranging from the World Series and Super Bowl to The Masters and Daytona 500 as well as major college sports and high school sports.
He’s produced numerous specials and is host and produces 7 News’ popular High School Friday Night each fall, and hour-long program that also airs on WYCW/62.
In 2012, he was honored by the South Carolina Broadcasters Association as a Master Broadcaster, a lifetime achievement award presented by the organization.
He’s a past recipient of many other honors including the South Carolina Sportscaster of the Year by The National Association of Sportswriters and Sportscasters, the Associated Press in the Television/Best Sportscast category, the South Carolina Football Coaches Association with its annual honor for distinction in covering high school football in the state, and with the 1998 James “Slick” Moore Award for Community Athletic Involvement.
He’s served as spokesman for 7 News’ One for the Community campaign and is one of the station’s annual emcees for the March Of Dimes March For Babies event.
A native of Ridgefield, Conn., Pete previously served as sports director at 7 News’ sister station, WBTW TV-13 in Florence, S.C., from March, 1987 to October, 1990, where he had also worked as assistant sports director and weekend sports anchor from August, 1985 until March, 1986.
Between his stints at WBTW, Pete was the sports director for WBOY-TV in Clarksburg, W. Va.
He’s a 1985 graduate of Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.
Last, but definitely not least, the most important thing in Pete’s life is his family. He and his wife Kelly have two children: Paige, 19, and Trey, 17. Most of his time outside of work is spent with them, enjoying his life as a loving husband, father, and family man.