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Eric Kahnert Set to Return to Denver

kahnert kmghEric Kahnert is going back to Denver as an anchor for ABC affiliate KMGH.

Kahnert left Denver’s KUSA in 2012 to work as an anchor for KSTP in Minneapolis, MN.

“The team at 7NEWS is hungry and eager to change how news is done in Colorado,” Kahnert said in a statement. “And that is something I am proud to be a part of.”

Kahnert has also worked at KOB in Albuquerque, NM. He starts at KMGH on June 30.

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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.

What Are Local Stations Covering?

They like a longer story in Denver, where today we take a look at what the local stations are talking about.

With a lot of stories in the 2:00 range, most of the stations stacked their shows pretty much the same way: leading with the school evacuation and going long on the missing hikers.

Five Local Stations Win duPont Awards

the dupont columbia awardStations in Denver, Kansas City, Boston, Dallas and New Orleans have won 2014 Alfred I. duPont awards from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

In the breaking news category, the winners were WBZ, the CBS owned station in Boston, and KSHB, the NBC affiliate in Kansas City. WBZ won for its “exceptional” coverage of the Boston marathon bombings and KSHB was honored for breaking news coverage “of a preventable tragedgy,” a natural gas explosion at a downtown restaurant.

Denver ABC affiliate KMGH, Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA and New Orleans Fox affiliate WVUE were honored for their investigative reporting. KMGH won for “Colorado Rape Victims: Evidence Ignored, Justice Denied,” a yearlong investigation on systemic failures in the handling of rape cases in Colorado. WFAA won for “Denticaid: Medicaid Dental Abuse in Texas” and WVUE won for “Body of Evidence,” a series of reports that revealed misuse of public funds, corruption and fraud.

Denver Stations Break In to Regular Programming for School Shooting

denver_shooting_mixDenver TV stations broke into afternoon programming to cover the shooting at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, CO.

CBS owned station KCNC broke in first. At 12:54 p.m. Alan Gionet told viewers about the shooting and reported police were in the area with emergency vehicles on their way. Gionet said Grayson Robinson, Araphaoe County Sheriff, told the station there were two possible victims and an active shooting situation at the time. Gionet promised further updates before returning to regular programming.

NBC affiliate KUSA broke in to “Extra” at 12:55 with Cheryl Preheim in the newsroom. ABC affiliate KMGH interrupted “General Hospital” at 1:16 with John Ferrugia reporting the station had spoken to students at the scene who said they heard three shots fired. FOX affiliate KDVR was last on at 1:30 p.m. with a combination of studio anchor and live helicopter shot showing the scene at the high school.

The shooting happened just a few miles from the scene of the 1999 school shooting at Columbine High School.

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.”

Darrell Brown Named President of KSL Broadcast Group

Darrell Brown has been named president of KSL Broadcast Group, which includes Salt Lake City NBC affiliate KSL and three area radio stations.

Brown was most recently the president of McGraw-Hill Broadcasting Company, a position he has held since 2008. He has worked for McGraw Hill in a variety of roles, including as VP-GM of Denver ABC affiliate KMGH, for 28 years.

“I am proud to be part of such a strong team, and look forward to upholding the great legacy that is KSL,” Brown said in a statement.

KSL is owned by Bonneville International Corporation, which is in turn owned by Deseret Management Corporation, the for-profit arm of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Brown is a graduate of Brigham Young University, which is also owned and operated by the Mormon church.

“I am pleased to welcome Darrell to KSL,” Keith McMullin, president and CEO of KSL parent company Deseret Management Corporation, said in a statement. “He embodies the mission of our organization and brings strong leadership and broadcast experience.”

Read the official announcement here.

KMGH Morning Anchor Ana Cabrera Joins CNN

After four years at Denver ABC affiliate KMGH, Ana Cabrera is joining CNN.

Cabrera joined KMGH as a reporter and weekend morning anchor and was promoted to weekday morning anchor in 2011. She will be a Denver-based correspondent for CNN.

“Cabrera is an incisive and versatile communicator,” CNN/U.S. vice president of newsgathering Terence Burke said in a statement. “Her award-winning journalism is a testament to her passion for telling the multitude of stories from Denver and the western region.”

Before joining KMGH, Cabrera worked at KHQ and KAYU in Spokane. She began her career as intern for KMGH and KCNC, the CBS O&O in Denver.

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.

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