Delmarva native Paul Butler returned to WBOC/FOX 21 after taking three years off to spend time with his teenage children before they ventured off to college. This time Paul returns to his roots in TV news, as co-anchor of the 6, 7, and 11 p.m. news broadcasts on WBOC and the 10 p.m. news on FOX 21. Butler was previously the sports director of WBOC/FOX 21 before taking his so-called leave of absence from the television world.
Before returning home to WBOC in July of 2005, he spent two years as a sports anchor/reporter at WPMI in Mobile, Ala., two years as sports director at KTBS 3 in Shreveport, La., and then six years in the heart of NASCAR and ACC Country at FOX 18, WCCB in Charlotte, N.C.
Paul also did a three-season stint as a sideline reporter for the NFL on FOX. During that time "down South," he conducted thousands of interviews, covering everything from NFL, NBA, NHL and NCAA championships.
Right out of high school (a Wicomico High School alum), Paul started a 12-year radio career including stops at WKYS-Washington, D.C., WTEM-Washington, OC-104-Ocean City, Md., and WJDY-Salisbury, Md., serving mainly as a radio personality and sports play-by-play announcer.
Paul attended the University of Maryland, College Park, Mary Washington University, and finally completed his bachelor's degree in communications at Salisbury University (Class of '85).
In his spare time, Paul mentors school-aged kids and gives inspirational talks to high school and college students. He also mentors up-and-coming TV anchors and reporters or anyone looking to get into the television business.
His lifelong passion is basketball, especially teaching skills to individual players,and coaching several AAU teams. For five years, he fulfilled a dream by opening the non-profit "Delmarva Basketball Academy" for boys and girls who wanted to learn the game.
Paul is a past member of the Optimist Club, Knights of Columbus, and is passionate about fundraising, in particular WBOC's annual Bless Our Children campaign. In 2005, he helped raise money for the Katrina Relief Fund.
Paul also loves to play tennis and golf. Most of all, his "best time" is with his wife Valerie and their three children and their traditional "Saturday Night at the Movies." Paul lives in Wicomico County.