Stephen Parr, President
Stephen Parr is the President of Silver Tongue Communications. He has 16 years experience in broadcast journalism, earning two Emmy Nominations and several AP Awards in Texas and Louisiana. As the Chief Meteorologist for KSLA News 12 in Shreveport, LA, Stephen has extensive experience in crisis communications, providing essential information to a mass audience during hurricanes, tornadoes, and winter storms. He was named the best in the state of Louisiana for Breaking Weather Coverage by the Louisiana AP Broadcasters Association during the Super Tornado Outbreak of 2011. He pioneered a new way of covering severe weather with online video that has been copied by broadcasters across the country.
While working for KSLA, the station branded Stephen as "StormTracker Steve." This has given him a unique insight into what it means to "live a brand." The branding worked, making StormTracker Steve's weather casts the highest rated in the market and helping KSLA return to being the number one television station in the ArkLaTex.
As a journalist, he has interviewed some of the biggest names in national, Texas, and Louisiana politics. The list includes First Lady Laura Bush, Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, Dr. Alan Keys, Col. Allen West, Governor Rick Perry, Governor Mike Huckabee, Senator John Cornyn, Senator David Vitter, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Congressman Louis Gohmert, Congressman Ralph Hall, Congressman John Flemming, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst and others. He has covered Presidential Press Conferences and was one of the first reporters in the country to break the Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster. He has done in-depth, investigative reports on judges, school boards, and corporations.
Early in his career, Stephen advised Disney for the movie The Big Green. He served in script supervision, location scouting, training the actors, and appeared in the film. He produced, wrote, edited and hosted Soccer News Net, a 30 minute highlights show featuring Major League Soccer and the Dallas Burn.
Stephen earned a BBA in Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin. He also holds a Certificate in Broadcast Meteorology and a Masters in Geosciences from Mississippi State.
Stephen is an accomplished musician. He plays piano, drums, marimba, vibraphone, guitar and bass. He's written and recorded more than 100 songs, including the theme songs for the television shows, Proud of East Texas, Fishing East Texas and the Power of Prayer. He's also scored the music for an independent film, P.O.V.