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The Story Viewers Loved–But Your Station Would Almost Certainly Ignore

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Imagine being the station in your market that finds that gem of a story that nobody else has. You know, the kind of story that gets viewers talking–and perhaps more importantly, sharing the story on Facebook by the thousands. The kind of story that quickly gets national attention, and lands on your network’s evening news. Not as a VO, but your reporter’s package aired nationally because it’s just that good. Imagine.

KARE reporter Boyd Huppert‘s story was just that–a phenomenon. It first aired on the NBC affiliate on Sunday, and re-aired on the NBC Nightly News Monday night. Home run, right? But here’s the thing. Huppert’s story would almost certainly never make the cut in many–if not most–newsrooms across the country. Why? Because it’s simple. It’s nice. It’s heartwarming. Read more

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KARE Reporter Sets Himself Apart With Ninth and Tenth Murrow Awards

boyd_hubbertNot every market has one, that reporter whose stories seem more like long poems than news reports.

Minneapolis-St. Paul has Boyd Huppert. The Pioneer Press has a story about the reporter for NBC affiliate KARE who was recently awarded two Edward R. Murrow awards to bring his total to ten.

Derrick Hinds, communications director at the Radio Television Digital News Association, which presents the Awards, told the Pioneer Press, “I’ve been around the organization for about 20 years. I don’t know of anybody who has a record like that. Certainly nobody in recent memory.”

Numerous stories have made an impact on KARE news director Jane Helmke during her 31 years at the station, but there are only a handful of specific lines she can recite. She has no problem recalling her favorite from Huppert that opened a 1997 story he did on the devastating Red River flood: “On the Lord’s day in Granite Falls, life along the river went to hell.”

“It was excellent,” Helmke said. “You could see it all in that one moment.” Read more

KARE Stages Trailer Crash For Report on Towing Safety

A reporter and a photojournalist for Minneapolis NBC affiliate KARE deliberately crashed a trailer for a report on towing safety this week.

The report, which aired Wednesday, featured an interview with a woman whose husband and three-year-old daughter died after a trailer came unhitched from an oncoming pickup truck while they were driving. Reporter Boyd Huppert and photojournalist Jonathan Malat staged the crash to demonstrate the consequences of not “properly pack, haul and tow items like canoes, kayaks and mattresses.”

Poynter’s Al Tompkins takes a behind-the-scenes look at the process of putting the report together:

“The people in HR were rightfully concerned about how we were going to do this,” Huppert said. “We had a couple of first responders, officers from the highway patrol and Minnesota Department of Transportation folks there helping up.” He continued: “At one point our news director told me if I didn’t feel safe driving the vehicle that was towing the trailer that she would drive it. No way was I going to let that happen.”

The MNDOT workers rigged a closed test track road with a couple of bumps intended to jar the improperly attached trailer loose when it hit. Malat attached GoPro miniature cameras to the tongue of the trailer, to the top of the trailer, down low on the back of the truck, inside the truck, and high on the truck. “I did tell my chief photographer that we might tear up some gear on this one,” Malat said. “Dumb luck we didn’t.”

Watch the report after the jump. Read more

Here’s the List of 2012 Murrow Award Winners

The 2012 National Edward R. Murrow Award winners have been announced.

In the large market local TV categories, Minneapolis-St. Paul NBC-affiliate KARE took home a couple of awards. The Gannett-owned station won for “Video Reporting: Hard News” and reporter Boyd Huppert was honored in the “Writing” category.

In the small market categories, KCCI in Des Moines was awarded for “Overall Excellence” while its crosstown rival, WHO, won for “Video Feature Reporting.” New Orleans Fox-affiliate WVUE won two small market awards, including “Video Continuing Coverage” and “Video News Series.”

Full list of local winners inside… Read more

Longtime KARE ND Tom Lindner Lands at KTUU

Tom Lindner, who was let go by KARE in April after 15 years as the station’s VP of News, has landed at Anchorage’s KTUU, where he will serve as interim news director.

Schurz Communications executive Kerry Oslund announced the move on Twitter, saying, “One of the USA’s top ND’s, Tom Lindner, joins Schurz Comm. Inc. for interim assignment at KTUU-Alaska’s #1 news org. Welcome to SCI Tom.”

Lindner updated his employment status on his Facebook page last night to read “KTUU Interim News Director.”  The update sparked an outpouring of support from friends and colleagues, including longtime KARE reporter Boyd Huppert, who delivered the station’s on-air farewell to Lindner in April. Read more