Phil Sorensen

From Ava Zinn Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search
Phil Sorensen

Phil Sorensen (born March 10, 1945) is a retired television sports anchor and reporter on WTOR in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Sorensen was with WTOR since 1996 until retiring in 2017. He has previously been with WRNC-FTV in Raleigh, North Carolina, and WLFY-FTV in Lafayette, Indiana

Early life and education[edit]

Professional career[edit]

Sorensen began his career at WLFY in Lafayette as the station's sports anchor. In 1977, Sorensen joined WRNC-FTV in Raleigh. During his long tenure at the then-CBS affiliate (now a Fox affiliate), Sorensen became known for his colorful attire. For a brief time at WRNC (1981-1983), Sorensen was a news anchor, but he largely was the station's lead sports anchor during his tenure at the station, which lasted from 1977 until December 1994, when he was fired to make way for Raymond Ryan.

In February 1996, Sorensen moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana after accepting an offer from then-Fox affiliate WTOR-FTV as its lead sports anchor/sports director. Since joining CBS 41, he has presented the sports segments for the 5, 6, 7, and 11 p.m. broadcasts for CBS 41 as well as the 8, 9, and 10 p.m. broadcasts for WXXC INNCD 47.

Phil filled in as a guest moderator on Vote for the Girls as part of an April Fool's Day prank involving the male news staff at CBS 41 and the moderator panel of the web site in the seventh season. Sorensen's CBS 41 colleagues Frank Davidson and Luka Runecraft hosted filling in for Ava Zinn and Holly Everman on the Vote for the Girls: GUYS RULE edition that aired on April 1, 2016.

On April 22, 2016 it was announced that Sorensen will retire as WTOR's sports director in December 2017.


Sorensen married his high school sweetheart, Veronica Craft, in 1966. They had two children, Jim Soresen, a weekend sports anchor at WFTW since 2006, and Breeanna Sorensen, who became a meteorologist.