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Tom Crabtree

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With 38 years in broadcasting, native Carolinian Tom Crabtree is one of the best-known and most experienced television news anchors in the Carolinas.

Tom co-anchors the 5:00, 6:00 and 11:00 weeknight newscasts on "7 On Your Side," WSPA-TV.

Tom has received numerous awards during his career in broadcasting.  He was named 2006 "Television Anchor of the Year" by the South Carolina Broadcasters Association and was runner-up for the honor in 2005 and 2007.

He has also been honored for his reports on South Carolina's Confederate flag controversy, and the recovery of the Civil War submarine "H.L. Hunley."

Several newscasts co-anchored by Tom have won Southeast Regional Emmy Awards or Emmy nominations.

Tom has moderated numerous political debates, interviewed top politicians, and covered six hurricanes, including Hugo in 1989 and Katrina in 2005.

Tom did a special report in February 2007 on his personal experience with sleep apnea.  His report generated hundreds of letters, e-mails and telephone calls from viewers.  Some called Tom's report "a lifesaver."

Tom has lived in Spartanburg since 1981 when he joined WSPA Radio as a reporter and became its news director. In 1983, Tom joined WSPA-TV. Before going to the television anchor desk fulltime in 1993, Tom held the positions of assignment editor, Spartanburg bureau reporter, Greenville bureau chief and weekend anchor.

Before his career in television, Tom worked in news department at radio stations in Rocky Mount, Roanoke Rapids and Salisbury, North Carolina, and in Spartanburg, South Carolina.  Tom's radio career included two years as football play-by-play announcer for Catawba College in Salisbury.

Tom's career with "7 On Your Side" has taken him to England, France, Israel and Switzerland.

Tom is also well-known locally as a musician and singer. He is leader of "Rock and Roll Reunion," a classic rock/beach/blues band he formed in 1994.

Tom's hobbies include music, landscaping, history, and traveling in the Carolinas (particularly chilling out at the beach).

Tom is a native of Hillsborough, North Carolina.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication from N.C. State University.

Tom and his wife Gayle have been married for 33 years.  Gayle is retired as Director of Recreation for the Spartanburg County Parks and Recreation Commission.

Tom and Gayle have two daughters, Lauren and Kayla. Both are graduates of Clemson University, and they live and work in Spartanburg County.

The Crabtrees attend Milestones Church in Spartanburg.


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