Paul Crawley joined 11Alive News in August of 1978 primarily as a general assignment reporter.
He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Radio, Television and Motion pictures where he also concentrated on history and journalism.
Some friends have suggested he was destined to become a journalist since he was born in Media, Pennsylvania. He likes to think it all started in the newspaper business, delivering the Charlotte Observer on his bicycle.
His news writing career began in 1973 as an anchor and reporter for the university's public television station, WUNC-TV. That's when he discovered someone would actually pay him to talk.
In 1975, Paul accepted a position as a news reporter/anchor for WRDU-TV in Durham, North Carolina. A year later, he moved to WRAL-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina as a reporter for two years before joining Atlanta's WXIA-TV in 1978.
His work has won several professional competitions, including seven Georgia and Southeast Regional Emmys, an Edward R. Murrow Award as well as numerous Associated Press, UPI, Sigma Delta Chi and other various awards.
A long-time history buff, Paul served as President of the National Military Historical Association, an Atlanta based, WWII non-profit living history organization. He's also interested in transportation, especially commercial aviation, trains and classic cars.
Paul lives in Marietta with his wife, Lori. He has four children: son Nicholas, daughter Meredith, step-son Brandon and step-daughter Casey Collins.