KMOX Radio Host Nan Wyatt Found Murdered

10:24 PM, Feb 19, 2003   |    comments
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(KSDK) -- Tragic news from the St. Louis broadcasting community. Nan Wyatt, the co-host of KMOX's morning radio show, was found murdered in her home Tuesday evening.

 KMOX Radio personality Nan Wyatt
St. Louis County police were called to Wyatt's home in Twin Oaks shortly after six o'clock Tuesday evening on an apparent homicide. Sources close to the investigation say Nan Wyatt's husband took the couple’s young son to the basement before he went upstairs and shot Wyatt. Sources also say the husband took the son to a relative’s home before turning himself into police.

"We have a suspect that is in custody. The investigation is going to continue, this is still a fresh scene. We should have more details tomorrow,” said Mason Keller of the St. Louis County Police Department.

We’re not releasing the name of Wyatt’s husband because he has not been officially charged. Police have been at the residence all night collecting evidence and taking photographs.

Nan Wyatt was one of the best-known radio personalities here in St. Louis. Wyatt co-hosted KMOX’s "Total Information – A.M.", with Doug McElvein.

Previously, she worked at Chicago's WBBM-Radio.

She won numerous awards for her work, including the National Associated Press Award for enterprise reporting.

Wyatt leaves behind a young son, Drake.

KMOX staffers say Nan was regarded as one of the most talented and hardworking journalists in town. One of her strong suits was her versatility, but if she was covering the Super Bowl, Oklahoma City or local national politics, she also had a friendly smile. She was always found at countless charity events.

Ray Hartmann, a "Donnybrook" participant and former owner of the Riverfront Times, said Wyatt was a great broadaster and an wonderful mother. “It’s such an unbelievable mixture of grief and rage. Nan was just a wonderful, wonderful person. The best mother, and all I can think about her son Drake. I’m in shock, it’s just unbelievable, but this was a very sincere and giving person who loved St. Louis. A lot of us do a lot of things in the public eye but Nan loved all the charity work she did. She was sincere about it. She cared about this town and it’s people. It’s just so horrible.”

Wyatt's former mentor, Anne Keefe said, "I was so happy when Nan came along. I mentored her and was so proud of her. She was a good workingwoman and like a daughter. On Donnybrook, you never knew what she was going to say, but it was always logical and thoughtful and well-founded."

The thoughts of everyone at KSDK are with the KMOX family and Nan's son, friends and family.

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