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Hugh Humphries

His on-air image was larger than life, which was fitting for Herb Humphries. The 300-pound KMOX-TV/KMOV-TV reporter who showed up at crime scenes wearing cowboy boots and a Stetson hat quickly won the hearts of the viewing public in a love affair that lasted for 20 years. His nighttime reports were quickly dubbed “Nightside,” a franchise that gave Humphries almost blanket access to anyplace the news was happening. Humphries was appreciated in the newsroom for his sense of humor and his ability to quickly assess any news situation and quickly get his stories on the air. Having won national awards for his work prior to coming to St. Louis, and having initially been hired as Channel 4’s news director, Herb Humphries shined brightest doing what he most enjoyed, working as one of the market’s best-remembered street reporters.