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KCCI Reporter Emily Price Follows GOP Race from Iowa to New Hampshire

As the focus of the Republican presidential race moved from Iowa to New Hampshire this past week so too did KCCI reporter Emily Price.

After providing in-depth coverage of the Iowa caucus last week for the Des Moines CBS-affiliate, Price, along with photojournalist Spencer Vaughn, traveled to New Hampshire over the weekend to cover the state’s upcoming primary election.

“Greetings from Bow, New Hampshire!” Price wrote in a blog post on KCCI’s website on Sunday. “Iowans intently watched the caucus process and so our news director thought it would be a good idea to follow through to New Hampshire. We are working on a whole host of interesting stories for the next few days.” Read more

Colbert Checks in with WOI News Team Following Iowa Caucus

Stephen Colbert checked in with his favorite Des Moines local news team, WOI, this week following the Iowa caucus (video above).

Showing that his local news allegiances can change as quickly as the fortunes of a GOP candidate, Colbert flipped the channel over to New Hampshire’s WMUR after talking to the WOI team.

Des Moines Stations Get Delayed Boost From Political Ad Spending

By all accounts, 2012 may be a record-setting year for political ad spending. As the candidates’ first major stop, Iowa stations expected major profits, but saw very little action until after the last pre-caucus debate — causing some nervousness on the part of sales managers, the Washington Post reports:

Then, after the Jan. 3 date was resolved, debates drew record audiences and candidates exploited a cost-free stage to get out their message. And after the final pre-caucus debate, in mid-December, the deluge.

“It really started coming in,” said Dale Woods, general manager of WHO, the NBC affiliate.

Anne Marie Caudron, national sales manager of KCCI, the CBS affiliate, said: “This year we saw a little before the straw poll and then nothing till late November. We were” — long pause — “concerned.” Read more

Married Political Reporters Share Spotlight in Iowa

Politics play a big role in the relationship between Dave and Emily Price.  In fact, the couple even received Honeymoon advice from Barack and Michelle Obama when they were married in 2007.

Now Dave, an anchor and esteemed political expert with Des Moines NBC-affiliate WHO, and Emily, an up-and-coming political reporter at CBS-affiliate KCCI, are sharing the media spotlight as they cover the hotly contested Iowa caucuses.

The hard-working pair was recently profiled by The Washington Post, which detailed their status as political oracles in Iowa Read more

KCCI Promotes Chris Wilde To Chief Engineer

Chris Wilde has been promoted to chief engineer at KCCI, the CBS-affiliate in Des Moines.

Wilde  has been the station’s assistant chief of engineering for seven years. He replaces Steve Houg, who requested a reduction in hours to spend more time with his family after 20 years in the chief engineer position.

“This is a tremendously positive move for the future of KCCI, as well as for Chris and Steve,” station president and general manager Paul Fredericksen said in a statement. “We look forward to the future that these changes will bring to the NewsChannel8 family and its operation.”

Former WHO, WOI Anchor Dies at 38

Bobbi Jean Silvernail, who worked as an anchor and reporter for WHO and WOI in Des Moines, died suddenly on Sunday. She was 38.

Known to Iowa viewers as Bobbi Bergman, Silvernail worked as an anchor at NBC-affiliate WHO from 1999 to 2002. She joined ABC-affiliate WOI in 2005, working as a reporter and weekend anchor there until 2008.

On Saturday morning, Silvernail began suffering from shortness of breath, according to WHO, and eventually stopped breathing completely. Read more

WOI Boss Defends Decision Not to Air Colbert Ad: ‘It Was a Close Call’

WOI has been a favorite target of Stephen Colbert this past week, ever since the Des Moines ABC-affiliate decided not to air his satirical Super PAC ad in the days leading up to last weekend’s Iowa straw poll.

Colbert even called out station boss Ray Cole on Monday, offering a sort of apology for his criticism the previous week before joking about their chance meeting at the 2008 Emmy Awards (video inside). While Colbert has continued to poke fun of WOI, Cole is defending his station’s decision.

“This was a close call for us,” Cole told the Des Moines Register on Tuesday. “Our instincts are to grant access to our airwaves to qualified parties. We just felt this was too confusing. The straw poll isn’t a real election, but… it has a real impact.” Read more

Colbert Tries to Recruit WOI Reporter Katie Eastman

Stephen Colbert has gone after WOI during his past few shows, after the Des Moines ABC-affiliate refused to air his satirical Super PAC ad last week (video above). An unlikely byproduct of the feud is the growing national profile of WOI MMJ Katie Eastman, who Colbert has tried to recruit as his intrepid reporter on the inside.

A Facebook fan page has been set up in support of “Intrepid Cub Reporter Katie Eastman” joining “The Colbert Report,” and Colbert again lobbied for Eastman to join his cause on Monday (video inside). On Eastman’s own Facebook page, a growing number of people are urging her to join him. Read more

Assignment Editor Leads Rescue at Burning Building Across the Street From KCCI Studios

A fire broke out early Monday morning in an apartment building located across the street from the KCCI studios in downtown Des Moines and assignment editor Tom Torpy sprang into action, eventually leading two of the building’s residents to safety.

Torpy began knocking on doors, shouting that there was a fire as black smoke began billowing out of the building’s windows.

“The scanner started going off with a fire call and the address was right across the street from us,” Torpy explained. Read more

KDSM Set to Air First Ad of 2012 Presidential Election

KDSM in Des Moines, IA is set to air the first political ad of the 2012 presidential campaign.

The ad (above), which will air on the Fox-affiliate during Sunday’s NFL Pro Bowl, was produced by Students for Daniels, a political action committee that is urging Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels to run for president.

Daniels has been considering a presidential bid but he has not officially entered the race, nor has he approved the ad.

Students for Daniels also plans to run the ad in New Hampshire and Indiana.  The group certainly understands the significance of the KDSM ad time–they’ve sent out press releases and tout it as “the first televised ad of the 2012 Presidential election cycle” on their YouTube channel.  The group’s founder, Yale undergraduate Max Eden, told The Wall Street Journal that the KDSM spot cost $1,200.

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