George Knapp (television journalist)

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George Knapp
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Born (1953-04-18) April 18, 1953 (age 70)
Alma materUniversity of the Pacific (M.A.)
University of West Georgia (B.A.)
Occupation(s)Journalist and talk radio host
Known forCoast to Coast AM

George T. Knapp (born April 18, 1953)[1] is an American television investigative journalist, news anchor, conspiracy theorist,[2] and talk radio host. Knapp's earlier work has been recognized with Edward R. Murrow Awards, Peabody Awards, and 24[3] Pacific Southwest Regional Emmy Awards.[4]

A longtime fixture in Las Vegas media, he works at KLAS-TV[5] and is also a frequent host of the Sunday night/Monday morning Coast To Coast AM syndicated radio show. He is known for his work investigating UFO claims[6] which are a frequent topic of the Coast to Coast show. George Knapp hosts Coast to Coast AM on the third and fourth Sundays of the month and sometimes the fifth Sunday.

Early life[edit]

Born in Woodbury, New Jersey, Knapp grew up in Northern California and graduated from Franklin High School in Stockton, where he was the senior class president. He earned a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of West Georgia and a master's degree in the same field from the University of the Pacific. He taught debate and forensics at both the University of the Pacific and University of California, Berkeley.[7]

He moved to Las Vegas in the early 1980s, working first as a cab driver before being hired as an intern and then a news reporter at a PBS station. From there, Knapp was hired as a reporter and news anchor for KLAS.


Knapp reported on the story of Bob Lazar, who claimed to have worked on extraterrestrial UFOs at the secretive Area 51. According to Knapp, his discovery of evidence corroborating some of Lazar's claims made his stories on Lazar be taken more seriously than typical UFO fare. In 1990, Knapp's stories on Lazar earned an "Individual Achievement by a Journalist" award from the United Press International.[5][failed verification] However, to Knapp's "eternal shame," he also during this era publicized the claims of conspiracy theorist Bill Cooper, whom Knapp came to regard as far less credible than Lazar.[7]

In 1991, Knapp left KLAS to work for Altamira Communications, a public relations firm whose clients included advocates of the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository 90 miles (140 km) north of Las Vegas.[8] Knapp was rehired by KLAS-TV in the mid 1990s when he left the public relations firm.

He wrote a regular column titled "Knappster" for the now-defunct alternative newsweeklies Las Vegas Mercury and Las Vegas CityLife.

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Knapp worked with the now-defunct group National Institute of Discovery Science (NIDS). Founded by Las Vegas businessman Robert Bigelow, NIDS was charged with scientifically studying unusual phenomena with scientists and funding. Based on his work with NIDS and biochemist Colm Kelleher, Knapp publicized the so-called Skinwalker Ranch in northeast Utah, where strange events are alleged to have occurred.[9][10]

Knapp has been credited for introducing Nevada senator Harry Reid to Robert Bigelow because of their shared interest in unidentified aerial phenomena.[11]


In 2004, Knapp won a national Edward R. Murrow Award for a story about vote fraud in Clark County, Nevada.[5][failed verification] He has also won dozens of Pacific Southwest Regional Emmy Awards,[4][failed verification] and several writing awards from the Associated Press.[5][failed verification]

Knapp and photojournalist Matt Adams were recognized for their work on the investigative series Crossfire: Water, Power, and Politics that received a 2008 Peabody Award.[12]

Animal welfare[edit]

Knapp has been concerned with animal welfare since the beginning of his journalism career. Since hosting occasionally with Coast to Coast AM, he hosts an annual animal welfare broadcast concerning issues, the development of law, animal cruelty and remediation efforts. The 2016 broadcast covered various issues including horses and trophy hunting, noting the almost one year anniversary since the killing of Cecil the lion and the effect the incident was still causing at the date of the show.[13]


  1. ^ U.S. Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 2 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010.
  2. ^ West, Mick. "UFOs: Beliefs, Conspiracies, and Aliens". Skeptical Inquirer. Center For Inquiry, Inc. Retrieved 19 December 2022.
  3. ^ "George Knapp" –
  4. ^ a b "EMMY® Awards - NATAS PSW - National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Pacific Southwest Chapter". Pacific Southwest Chapter of the National Television Academy. Retrieved 17 July 2020.
  5. ^ a b c d George Knapp, I-Team Reporter
  6. ^ "George Knapp". KLAS-TV Archived from the original on 25 May 2019. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  7. ^ a b 2008 Interview with George Knapp.
  8. ^ Scope Magazine Article on George Knapp, SCOPE Magazine Volume 4, Issue 11, February 1996 Pg. 6-8
  9. ^ Kelleher, Colm & Knapp, George: Hunt for the Skinwalker: Science Confronts the Unexplained at a Remote Ranch in Utah (Paraview Pocket Books, 2005 ISBN 1-4165-0521-0)
  10. ^ Path of the Skinwalker, George Knapp, 28 November 2002
  11. ^ How Harry Reid, a Terrorist Interrogator and the Singer From Blink-182 Took UFOs Mainstream , Politico, Bryan Bender, 2021-05-28
  12. ^ "Eyewitness News I-Team Wins Peabody Award". KLAS-TV. 2009-04-01. Retrieved 2 April 2009.
  13. ^ Coast to Coast AM evening broadcast, 18 June 2016.

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