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Amanda Kost Leaving KMGH for Scripps Bureau in Washington

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KMGH news director Jeff Harris has announced investigative reporter Amanda Kost will leave the Scripps-owned Denver ABC affiliate to join the Scripps National Bureau in Washington as an investigative reporter.

“The DC investigative team is building and Amanda is the perfect part to help gain momentum and impact,” Harris told staff in an email today. “Our Nation’s Capital has no idea what it’s in store for…but we do.”

Kost is a Peabody Award winner who joined KMGH four years ago.

Read Harris’ full memo after the jump. Read more

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Mike Landess to Retire From Denver’s KMGH

mike landessAfter 50 years in broadcasting, Mike Landess has announced his retirement from Denver ABC affiliate KMGH. He will officially sign off as the station’s primary anchor later this year.

“7NEWS will miss the warm and wonderful presence Mike has provided each and every night. I am grateful for his service to our newsroom,” KMGH news director Jeff Harris said in a statement. “We are all indebted to him, his professionalism, and his credibility.”

Landess has anchored KMGH’s evening newscasts since 2002. He has previously worked at KUSA in Denver, WXIA in Atlanta, WTTG in Washington, D.C., WFAA in Dallas and WKYC in Cleveland.

“The credibility and commitment Mike brings to this newsroom helped 7NEWS develop into one of the most honored and respected TV newsrooms in the country,” KMGH vice president and general manager Byron Grandy said.

Kellie Patterson to Join KMGH in Denver as Morning Anchor

KMGH has announced Kellie Patterson will join the Denver ABC affiliate as morning anchor starting next Monday.

Patterson left Charlotte’s WCNC last week for what she told TVSpy was “a great opportunity elsewhere.”

“Kellie is a smart, credible and enthusiastic journalist,” KMGH news director Jeff Harris said in a statement. “Viewers will see her natural energy and passion for reporting on breaking news and news that affects Coloradans.”

“I am thrilled to be joining the 7NEWS NOW team,” said Patterson. “7NEWS has developed one of the most unique and innovative morning newscasts in the country. I look forward to working with an incredibly talented group of journalists who are committed to being Colorado’s source for news and 24/7 Weather.”

She has also worked at KENS in San Antonio, and was a contestant on the CBS show “The Amazing Race.”

Veteran Anchor Bertha Lynn Leaving KMGH

After almost three decades at KMGH, Bertha Lynn will sign off from the Denver ABC affiliate this week.

Lynn, who anchors the 11 a.m. newscast, has accepted a job as the executive director of the Children’s Diabetes Foundation at Denver. Her last day at the anchor desk will be August 9.

“I have much to look forward to and much to look back on when assessing my career. It has been a privilege to collaborate with such skillful and caring journalism professionals,” Lynn said in a statement. “The people of Denver and Colorado have been very kind and generous to me as they watched me grow up.”

Lynn has worked on-air in Denver since 1976. Before joining KMGH, she worked as an anchor and reporter at KBTV (now KUSA). She was inducted into the Broadcast Professionals Hall of Fame in 2010.

“She is a true icon in journalism and for Denver viewers. Her career at 7NEWS is an inspiration to so many. But more than anything else, Bertha has worked tirelessly to improve our community,” KMGH news director Jeff Harris said. “For this, we are grateful and not a bit surprised in her decision to lead this wonderful organization.”

KMGH Teams Up With The Denver Post

Denver ABC affiliate KMGH is joining forces with The Denver Post to bring viewers ” impactful reporting and investigative storytelling that will bring positive change in Colorado.”

“These newsrooms are a great match,” KMGH news director Jeff Harris said in a statement. “7NEWS and The Denver Post are the best at digging, investigating and reporting stories that will hold government accountable and make Colorado the best place possible. We have great plans for the partnership and they all revolve around finding and reporting stories that matter and reporting them on the biggest platform possible — the goal is impact.”

As part of the partnership, the newsrooms will work together on weather coverage and on providing additional Spanish-language content.

KMGH On Altered Book Cover, ‘It Was a Mistake’

KMGH has issued a statement on its website about airing an altered cover of Paula Broadwell‘s book, “All In, The Education of General David Petraeus”.

“It was a mistake,” Jeff Harris, news director for the Denver ABC affiliate said in a statement.  “It was a regrettable and an embarrassing error.  We are mortified this appeared during our 5 p.m. news broadcast.  The editor pulled the image of the book cover from the Internet without realizing it had been doctored.  We sincerely regret the error and have corrected the story to avoid any recurrence of its broadcast.  We are following up internally as well to avoid a repeat of this inexcusable oversight.”

During last night’s 5 p.m. news, instead of showing a cover of Broadwell’s biography about former CIA Director David Petraeus, “All In”, the station showed an altered version that read, “All Up In My Snatch”.  The story and photo have since gone viral.  You can see a frame grab of the book cover on air after the jump. Read more

Denver Stations and County Officials Clash Over Coverage of High Park Wildfire

Denver stations have been in overdrive this week covering an extensive wildfire that has burned more then 40,000 acres in Larimer County. On Monday, the county sheriff’s office requested that the media not show images of destroyed homes, out of respect to homeowners. News directors have noted the sensitivity of the issue, but have turned down the request, the Denver Post reports:

“While we have deep respect for what Larimer County is asking, at the same time we are hearing from the same community that they want to know,” said Jeff Harris, News Director at [KMGH]. The outpouring of response regarding the station’s extended coverage has been rewarding, he said.

“This is not the time for that kind of fight,” Harris said.

“We certainly understand the emotional nature of those images,” said [KCNC] News Director Tim Wieland. Read more

In Denver’s Post-Oprah Landscape, KMGH Decides to Launch First-Ever 3 p.m. Newscast

Later this month, ABC-affiliate KMGH will do something that no station in the Denver market has done before: broadcast a 3 p.m. newscast.

In an effort to capitalize on Oprah’s exit from rival KCNC, KMGH will move “The Dr. Oz Show,” which currently airs at 3, to 4 p.m., Oprah’s long-held time slot. As a result, KMGH’s 4 p.m. newscast will be bumped up to 3.

“The decision to put local news at 3 and put “Oz” at 4 is not an easy one, but it’s one we have to take advantage of,” said KMGH general manager Byron Grandy told the Denver Post recently. “It’s the natural Oprah replacement.”

The new, half-hour newscast will be anchored by Anne Trujillo and Mike Landess, with meteorologist Mike Nelson. It will make its debut on May 26th.

“We’re excited to open up a new time period to showcase meaningful stories to the news audience,” KMGH news director Jeff Harris said, adding, “News is always breaking.”