Trent Butler is an award-winning journalist and has more than 30 years of broadcast experience. He interned with Augusta’s ABC affiliate during college and returned to that same station for his first television job as a Weekend Sports Anchor. Trent also anchored the evening news for Augusta’s NBC affiliate between 2006 and 2010. He’s also anchored the news in Fort Myers, Florida, Greenville, South Carolina, Birmingham, Alabama and most recently, Huntsville, Alabama.
During his 11 years in Florida, Trent reported on a number of hurricanes, including two which hit Southwest Florida directly in 2004 and 2005. He reported live from the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia and the World Series in Cleveland. Trent was voted “Best News Anchor” by the readers of the “News-Press” in Fort Myers.
Some of Trent's fondest memories from Augusta include covering the Masters and co-hosting the Children’s Miracle Network telethon. He was also honored to work under Augusta legend, Sports Anchor Stan Byrdy, who’s written three books that focus on the rich history surrounding The Masters. He also reported live from the Democratic Presidential Debates at South Carolina State University.
Politics became a major focus during his stop in Greenville, South Carolina. Trent profiled all the candidates for South Carolina governor and reported live from the Republican Presidential debates in Greenville. Trent co-anchored a newscast at Greenville’s FOX affiliate that was honored as the best newscast by the Associated Press.
While co-anchoring with the CBS affiliate in Birmingham, Trent was part of the news team that won an Alabama Broadcasters Association award for the station's election coverage in November of 2014. One of his most challenging assignments was reporting live from a deadly workplace shooting at UPS in Birmingham. Trent also reported from his car when he and thousands of other drivers were stranded during a winter blast in 2014. Once he made it into the station, Trent was part of the team that provided multiple hours of continuous live coverage of the storm that virtually shut down Birmingham.
During his time in Huntsville, Trent anchored the morning and noon newscasts for the NBC affiliate. He also produced the station’s Crime Stoppers series and reported on the effect of coal ash contamination on a community’s water supply.
Trent’s wife Julie grew up in Martinez. Her parents and her sister still live in the CSRA. He grew up in Atlanta and graduated from the University of Georgia with a journalism degree in Broadcast News. Trent and Julie have been married 30 years and they are the proud parents of three children: Ben, Brice and Brooke.