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Sportscaster Michael Admire Joins WHO

Michael Admire is joining WHO, the NBC affiliate in Des Moines, as a sports anchor, reporter and photographer.

Admire previously worked in the same role at KOAM-KFJX in Joplin, Mo. At WHO, he replaces Chris Hassel, who left the station for ESPN in January.

“I couldn’t be more excited about coming to Des Moines and working for the legendary WHO-HD,” Admire said in a statement. “I’m replacing a guy who is now at ESPN.  That speaks volumes for the sports reputation at WHO.”

As Admire joins the station, sports reporter John Sears gets a promotion to weekend sports anchor.

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WXIX Launches Weekend Morning Newscasts, Hires Jessica Brown as Co-Anchor

Cincinnati Fox-affiliate WXIX is launching weekend morning newscasts beginning August 18.

The newscasts will air from 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. WXIX has hired Jessica Brown (pictured) to co-anchor the morning newscast. Previously, she was a weekend anchor and reporter at KSNF in Joplin, MO.

Brown will co-anchor with Dan Wells, who has worked at WXIX as a reporter since 2008. Katy Morgan will be the meteorologist. Read more

After 32 Years with KSNF, Anchor Jim Jackson Leaves to Run for Office

Longtime KSNF anchor Jim Jackson bid farewell to viewers on Wednesday after 32 years anchoring the NBC-affiliate’s 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts.  Jackson is leaving TV to run for public office.

“I’m going to march down to the Newton County courthouse,” Jackson told viewers, discussing his plans for the rest of this week and the rest of the year.  “And I am filing for Newton County commission in the second district, on the Republican ticket” (video here).

Predicting a “good, clean campaign,” Jackson highlighted that the election is in August.

A graduate of Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Jackson joined KSNF, which covers Joplin, MO and Pittsburg, KS, after serving six years in the U.S. Navy.  [h/t The Turner Report]

Veteran KSNF Anchor Jim Jackson to Run for Newton County Commissioner

Jim Jackson, who has been an anchor at KSNF in Joplin for 32 years, will announce his candidacy for Newton County commissioner next week.

Jackson anchors the 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts for NBC-affiliated KNSF. He has no immediate plans to leave the station, but will step down from the anchor desk if elected, according to a statement on the station’s website.

“I am proud of what I’ve accomplished as a news broadcaster, and I’m looking forward to this new challenge that will allow me to make an even bigger contribution to the community,” Jackson said.

Rekha Muddaraj Jumps From KFMB To KHOU

Rehka Muddaraj is joining Houston CBS-affiliate KHOU in January.

Muddaraj joins KHOU from KFMB in San Diego, where she has worked since 2007. Prior to that, she was a reporter at KOAM-KFJX in Joplin, MO.

She will co-anchor the weekend newscasts with Vicente Arenas. According to KHOU, Muddaraj will will also report during weekday newscasts.

Brian Williams Returns to KOAM

Brian Williams, in Joplin, MO this week to cover the aftermath of Sunday’s tornado, revisited the station where he got his start — CBS affiliate KOAM-TV. Williams spent 13 months in Joplin, MO in the early 1980s and dropped by to talk with executive producer and anchor Dowe Quick who has been with the station 31 years.

“(The people in Joplin) were fantastic,” Williams tells Quick. “In my little apartment complex I knew everybody. On Saturday’s we would gather at the pool and on Friday nights you would go up to the Red Lion to shoot darts and have a beer. I always went downtown.”

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