Sheldon Ingram is from Atlantic City, N.J. He is a proud graduate of Atlantic City High School.
He went on to study journalism at Morris Brown College in Atlanta, where he continued to play football, sang in the gospel choir, taught adult literacy and served as Student Government president and vice president.
Ingram was an intern-reporter for CNN in Atlanta, then moved on to his first reporting and anchoring job with WRCB in Chattanooga, Tenn. After 11 months, he became a reporter and fill-in anchor at WVEC in Norfolk, Va., spending four years there before coming to WTAE in May 1992.
Since then, Ingram has covered a wide variety of high-profile stories about Pittsburgh's growth, weaknesses and strengths -- from race relations to Pittsburgh's evolving industry structure and politics. Some high-impact stories include a three-part series on juvenile boot camps, the controversial Jonny Gammage death while in police custody, the fiercely controversial stadium issue behind Heinz Field and PNC Park, the impeachment of former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Rolf Larsen and the drastic changes of US Airways. He was also the talk show host of "Inside Pittsburgh."
Ingram strongly believes that WTAE Channel 4 Action News is, hands down, among the elite news operations in the country.
"I believe we possess the best news minds anywhere," he says. "From top to bottom, we are very deep and focused in our approach to news -- aggressive, but sensitive too. We believe in the interest of our viewers, and we want our viewers to believe in our devotion to news."
Ingram embraces diversity and community involvement. He is on the board of advisors for The Homeless Children Defense Fund, Every Child Adoption Agency. He is a member of the community council for Big Brothers Big Sisters and chairs their annual Bowl For Kids' Sake fundraising project. He also volunteers at The Children's Institute.
Ingram is extremely proud of his son, Sheldon Lamark Ingram Jr., who he affectionately calls "Little Shel" (although he's as big as his dad).
As a born-again Christian, Ingram is devoted to good health and fitness. He is active with weightlifting, aerobics, spinning, salsa dancing, roller blades, skiing, flag football, cooking and Spanish lessons.
Ingram also has two exotic Bengal cats, Diego and Cezar. They are five generations removed from the Asian Wild Leopard Cat
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