|Born||Darrin Reed Cowan
July 24, 1972
Roosevelt, Utah, U.S.
|Residence||Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.|
|Alma mater||Utah State University|
|Religion||The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)|
|Spouse(s)||Stephanie Swain Martinsen (divorced)|
Cowan started his journalism working as a part-time on-air reporter for Fox's KSTU in Salt Lake City, Utah and as a radio disc-jockey for KNEU Radio in Roosevelt, Utah while a student at Utah State University. From there he assumed full time positions as an anchor for CBS 29 in Bakersfield, California and as an anchor for 9&10 News in Cadillac, Michigan. Cowan next worked as a reporter and weekend morning anchor for KSL-TV in Salt Lake City.
After KSL-TV, Cowan moved to KTVX, also in Salt Lake City. While there, he anchored Good Morning Utah and covered the terrorist attacks of 9-11, the kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart, the murder of Lori Hacking, the death of former President Ronald Reagan and the fugitive stories of polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs. For his work, Cowan was nominated and for and won Emmy awards for reporting.
In 2005, country music artist Collin Raye recorded Cowan's song The Power in You in Nashville. Cowan wrote the song to be a theme song for the "Power in You" organization, created by Mary Kaye Huntsman. Huntsman is the wife of former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr.
In 2007, Cowan moved from Salt Lake City to Miami and worked for WSVN, after seven years of journalism in Salt Lake City.
In 2011, Cowan moved from Miami to Las Vegas and is currently working for KSNV-DT, after four years of journalism in Miami.
Cowan made controversial claims accusing Northern Nevada (including Carson City, Reno and Sparks) of engaging in a civil war with Southern Nevada and wasting taxpayers' money and controversially siding with former Clark County Commissioner Rory Reid 5 times.
On April 23, 2006, Cowan's son, Wesley Swain Cowan (March 16, 2002 – April 23, 2006), died in Salt Lake City, Utah, at his mother's back yard after falling from a horizontal set of monkey bars, at the age of 4. Cowan, who is divorced from his son's mother, arrived on-scene moments after emergency crews arrived to find TV cameras focused on his own personal tragedy. The event made national news and Cowan granted his first interview on the tragedy speaking about his experience of being "on the other side of the lens".
Cowan responded to his son's death by reevaluating his life and dedicating himself to helping others in order to honor the memory of his son. He addressed his personal tragedy and his subsequent efforts to build schools in Kenya during that country's post-election violence of 2007 in his documentary, The Other Side of the Lens.
Activism and charitable activity
One year after his son's death, Cowan traveled to Africa to open two Wesley Cowan schools in Africa's Masai Mara. Shortly after his loss, Cowan started The Wesley Smiles Coalition to work in tandem with Free the Children, started by Craig Kielburger. After raising substantial monies for the projects in Africa in the first year after his son's death, Cowan opened schools, water treatment facilities, mobile-medical clinics and other community infrastructure along Enelerai road in Kenya and in Kenya's Motoni district. Cowan's journey to Africa was chronicled by the Deseret News in Salt Lake City where he told reporters, "I will raise at least one school a year in my son's name until the day I die."
Cowan is on the advisory board for Free The Children and is producer of the youth organization Power In You. Cowan drafted the first legislation in Utah aimed at the stopping of bullying in school. The resolution passed unanimously in Utah's House and Senate.
Cowan drafted the first legislation in Utah specifically aimed at curbing bullying in school. Sponsored in the Utah house by Representative Ronda Menlove and in the Utah Senate by Senator Patrice M. Arent, the resolution against bullying, harassment and intimidation in schools was the first of its kind and called for a formal reporting system and cohesive school-to-school response in instances of school bullying. The resolution passed unanimously in Utah's House and Senate. At hearings testifying in favor of the resolution, Cowan told of his own years of being picked on in school, saying "lets send a message to Utah kids that we care about their safety and happiness at school."
Cowan is a speaker on the subject of bullying in school. Each year, Cowan speaks to at least thirty thousand youth about school bullying and its ties to school violence and suicide. In 2006, Cowan was featured as the keynote speaker at the National Youth Crime Prevention seminar.
In 2005, Cowan signed a publishing deal with Mapletree Publishing to publish his first book Afraid at School. This book provides the narratives of hundreds of school-age youth in expose format telling what happens at school relative to one of Cowan's pet causes, the eradication of school bullying.
Cowan was also a triathlete. In 2011, he placed first in his division at the Nautica Southbeach Triathlon in Miami, Florida.
Awards and nominations
- 2007, nominated for Rocky Mountain/Southwest Regional Emmy Award for his work at KTVX
- 2008, won Rocky Mountain/Southwest Regional Emmy Award for his 2007 work at KTVX
- 2008, nominated for Suncoast Regional Emmy Award for his In Wesley’s Honor
- 2009, nominated for Suncoast Regional Emmy Award for his 2008 work at WSVN
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- Reavy, Pat (May 14, 2007). "Helping African kids soothes dad's heart". Deseret News. Retrieved 2009-11-01.
- "Special Report - Backyard Danger". WHDH-TV Boston, Massachusetts. February 13, 2008. Retrieved 2009-11-01.[dead link]
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- Simmons, Robin (November 6, 2007). "In Wesley's Honor". WSVN. Retrieved 2009-11-01.
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