Fred Caesar began his television career as an intern at KMOX-TV. By the age of 20 he was the producer of the station’s weekend newscasts while still a student at Washington University. Upon graduation he became a full-time station employee, even dabbling in on-air reporting. He moved to KSD-TV five years later and became assistant news director, also serving as news director for KSD radio. Later he moved to Harrisburg, PA where he was executive news director for a multi-station broadcast group, then to Portland, Maine, as news director, where he received a regional Emmy.