Rick Elmhorst, Reporter/Anchor
Bay News 9 viewers know that news is just as important on the weekends as it is Monday through Friday. That's why they trust anchor Rick Elmhorst for a complete summary of all the day's top stories every weekend night on The 7:00 News.
Rick, who has called Polk County home since he was a teenager, is one of two reporters based in Bay News 9's Polk County newsroom. Though he took over the weekend evening anchor chair in February of 2005, Rick continues to bring viewers news out of Polk County during the week.
Rick grew up in rural Wisconsin, but his family moved to Florida when he was in high school. It was there that he got the communications bug, when he took a course in radio during his junior year. In 1980, Rick began working at Bay area Christian radio station WCIE, and continued there while attending Florida Southern College in Lakeland. He graduated in 1984 and was presented with a distinguished graduate award in 2005.
During his 16-year radio career, Rick also found time to do some part-time work in television. In 1998, Rick moved into TV on a full time basis, producing a weekly news magazine for the Orlando-based "Charisma Magazine," then joining the staff of Bay News 9 the same year.
Rick married Michelle, his high school sweetheart, in 1984. One year later, they welcomed their daughter, Lauren, who is a graduate of Florida Southern College with a degree in communications. The Elmhorst family also includes two cats and a dog. Rick enjoys speaking for local charities and civic groups.