Desmond Purnell - Bio

A graduate of Mississippi State University, with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Desmond began his career as a one man band at WCBI, in Columbus, Mississippi. Desmond then realized if he was to truly grow as a sportscaster, he'd eventually have to leave his home state. He went on to cover sports in Rapid City, South Dakota and Monroe, Louisiana before returning to WABG In Mississippi, where he was recognized by the Associated Press for Best Sports Feature.

A year later, Desmond found himself at KYTX in Tyler, Texas. There, Desmond covered the Dallas Mavericks' heartbreaking loss to the Miami Heat during the 2006 NBA Finals. Those experiences helped prepare Desmond for his role in Dallas-Fort Worth with CW33. Desmond has won and been nominated for multiple Lone-Star Emmys in Dallas.

In 2012, Desmond Purnell joins the cast of SEC Gridiron LIVE. He also begins his second year as a college football sideline reporter for FOX College Sports.

Purnell has also worked as a host/anchor and correspondent for FOX Sports Southwest, covering the Texas Rangers, and as a freelance correspondent for the NFL Network, covering the Dallas Cowboys.

Purnell brings great knowledge of the SEC and the insight of a former collegiate athlete to SEC Gridiron LIVE, having played football at Mississippi State University from 2000-2002.

Desmond sings in the choir at Memorial Temple C.O.G.I.C. He's also a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. When he's not working, Desmond enjoys lifting weights and playing basketball. Be sure to click on the demo link and check out Desmond's work.

Desmond Purnell - Resumé


Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS - Bachelor of Arts, Communications, 2002


2012 - Present
FOX Sports South - SEC Gridiron Live


2011 - Present
FOX College Sports Network

Sideline Reporter - College Football Games

FOX Sports Southwest, Southwest Region

Freelance Reporter/Anchor/Host/Correspondent

2010 - Freelance
NFL Network, National

Freelance Network Correspondent
• Covered Dallas Cowboys for national programs on NFL Network

2006 - 2011
KDAF Dallas, TX (December 2006 - February 2011)

Weeknight Sports Anchor/Host
Weekend Sports Anchor/Host & Correspondent
• Produced, wrote and anchored Sportscasts
• Contributed live reports, hard news and feature packages for Sportscasts sportscasts
• Edited Sportscasts
• Covered Dallas Cowboys, Mavericks, Stars, Texas Rangers and College Athletics

May, 2005 - Dec, 2006
KYTX Tyler, TX

Sports Anchor/Reporter/Photographer

March, 2004 - May, 2005
WABG-TV Greenville, MS

Sports Anchor/Reporter/Photographer

May, 2003 - Sept, 2003
KEVN Fox 7 Rapid City, SD

Sports Anchor/ Reporter/Photographer

Feb, 2003 - May, 2003
WMC-TV Memphis, TN

Sports Intern


  • • 2009 Emmy Award (Best One-Time Sports Special, "Farewell to Texas Stadium")
  • • 2009 AP Award, Second Place (Best Documentary/TV Magazine or Special)
  • • 2008 Emmy Nomination (Best Sports Reporter)
  • • 2008 Emmy Nomination (Specialty Assignment Report/ Program Feature)
  • • 2007 Emmy Nomination (Best Sports-News feature)
  • • 2005 AP Award (Best Sports Feature)
  • • Holmes CC Horizon Award for Journalism
  • • MSU Athletic Honor Roll
  • • MSU Football Team 2000 - 2002
  • • Member of National Association of Black Journalists


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