Gary Metivier, the tenth in a family of twelve children, grew up in Oklahoma. A shy boy, Metivier found an outlet in drama class, where he quickly excelled. Drama fueled a passion for journalism, which inspired him to become a news anchor. With twenty years of experience under his belt, Metivier has reported on a variety of topics ranging from politics to economics to health news to crime. Metivier has received numerous honors and awards, including two Emmy nominations, seven first-place Iowa Associated Press awards, and four Illinois Associated Press awards.
Metivier graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelor’s in liberal studies. He went on to earn his master’s in children’s writing at Hamline University in 2014. As an anchor for the NBC affiliate KWQC-TV6 in Davenport, Iowa, he acts as newsroom leader to help develop and produce stories. He also makes personal appearances at community events and serves as a host or moderator for special programming.
His coverage of the departures and homecomings of soldiers inspired Metivier to write books about how families were affected by this conflict. “My books are my way of giving back through the funds we raise, to the issues we highlight,” he says. “I love to be part of something that can inspire the next generation to use their talents to make a difference.” Metivier has earned the MoonBeam Award and a Mom’s Choice Award for his children’s stories.
Metivier resides in Iowa with his wife, two sons, and two dogs.