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KSTP Photographer Dies After Battle with Cancer

Russ Brown, retired photojournalist for Minneapolis ABC affiliate KSTP, has died after a battle with cancer.

KSTP reports Brown started at the station in 1972 and retired in May.

“He had such a big heart, a huge heart,” Joe Caffrey, KSTP chief photographer said on the station’s website. “He was always one of the first ones here and the last ones to leave. He loved the TV news business.”

Brown was remembered by current and former co-workers across the country, including Gus Rosendale, reporter and anchor at WNBC in New York.

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Steve Patterson Named ‘Twin Cities Live’ Co-Host

Steve Patterson will begin as co-host of “Twin Cities Live,” KSTP‘s local lifestyle show, on July 21.Paterson will co-anchor alongside Elizabeth Ries. He replaces Chris Egert, who was moved to KSTP’s morning anchor desk earlier this year.

Man Sues Second Minneapolis Station for Defamation

kstp5logoA Minnesota man has filed a defamation suit against KSTP for wrongly identifying him as a cop killer.

Ryan Larson is suing the Minneapolis ABC affiliate for a story that aired in November saying he had been charged with the  murder of Cold Spring police officer Thomas Decker. Larson had been arrested for the murder, but was later released. Larson sued WCCO earlier this month for the same reason.

“The police arrested and jailed a man and charged him, and we reported that,” KSTP attorney Joseph Roby told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

According to the suit filed last week: The station broadcast a color picture of Larson’s mug shot several times during the 5 p.m. newscast that also featured an emotional interview with Decker’s mother. KSTP reporters Joe Mazan and Todd Wilson said Larson was charged in the crime when he was being held and investigated.

The phrases, “Officer Killed,” “Murder Suspect” and “Officer Ambushed,” used in TV graphics connected Larson to the killing, his suit said.

“The innuendo of an ambush murder by plaintiff Larson broadcast by defendant KSTP was false and unsupported by evidence connecting plaintiff Larson and was intended to sensationalize the broadcast and was defamatory,” the suit said.

“He’s still feeling the effects of it,” Stephen Fiebiger, Larson’s attorney said. “I think he’s looking certainly for some compensation, and to try to restore his name as best as possible.”

You can read the entire story by clicking here.

The Ice Desk: It’s What Stations are Wearing this Winter

It seems a historical record of sorts is being created of what appears to be the recent trend of stations sending their anchors out into the freezing cold to report the news from behind desks made of ice.

With thanks to Poynter and TVSpy rival FTVLive, we cobbled together our own list of stations jumping on the ice trend.

We started our journey this year with Cleveland NBC affiliate WKYC.

Then Washington, DC, CBS affiliate WUSA got in on the act.

Here’s one from Green Bay FOX affiliate WLUK:

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Another Minnesota Reporter Sues Over Driver’s License Privacy Breach

JayKolls300KSTP reporter Jay Kolls has added his name to the growing list of Minneapolis on-air talent who are suing various Minnesota municipalities and the State Department of Safety over accusations law enforcement officers and others looked at the information on his driver’s license without justification.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports, Koll’s lawsuit, which was filed in Minneapolis Federal Court, listed 27 instances when “personnel, charged with protecting and serving the public, knowingly abused their position of trust simply to satisfy their shallow desires to peek behind the curtain” into his personal life.

Last week, KMSP morning news anchor Alix Kendall filed a similar lawsuit. Her attorney Jon Strauss told the Mankato Free Press, “[Kendall] was shocked and disgusted to learn she had been looked up more than 3,800 times.” Strauss added, “We believe this is the largest data breach in Minnesota history. Ironically, these people have been snooping into her life, but we can’t find out who they were until we start gathering discovery information.”

The suits revolve around access to the state driver’s license database knows as the Driver and Vehicle Services Database or DVS system.The Free Press sums it up nicely:

Information that can be obtained through the DVS system includes current and former addresses, current and former driver’s license photographs, weight, height and, possibly, Social Security and medical information, Strauss said. The filing also points out that Kendall’s information was searched by name, not by her license plate numbers. So the searches didn’t include police officers doing random traffic searches for stolen vehicles or people with arrest warrants.

In August KMSP anchor Dawn Mitchell sued around 50 Minnesota governments in federal court over similar concerns.  KSTP investigative reporter Beth McDonough filed her lawsuit in July. Read more

Rusty Gatenby Allegedly Left KSTP Because of DUI

RustyGatenby300Yesterday we told you Rusty Gatenby was out at KSTP.

While the Minneapolis-St. Paul ABC affiliate wouldn’t say why the longtime reporter had suddenly left the station, today we find out he had been arrested for DUI in January.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports, Gatenby had a blood alcohol level of .134 at the time of his arrest.

Gatenby told the Star Tribune he was “very” embarrassed by the arrest. “I’ve had a clean record my whole life,” Gatenby said.

He said he was pulled over for not coming to a complete stop a few miles from his home and reminded readers, “Right now, I haven’t been convicted of anything.”

Yesterday Gatenby confirmed on his his facebook page that he was gone, but didn’t mention the arrest, “Hey everyone.. well it’s true.. after more than 30 years at KSTP I am moving on. I have nothing bad to say, in fact, I feel truly lucky for the amazing times I’ve had. I challenge anyone to have had more fun at a job than I have. I hope to see you all again down the road. In the meantime, I’m going to take a long long nap.”

Rusty Gatenby Out at KSTP

RustyGatenby300KSTP has confirmed Rusty Gatenby is no longer with the Minneapolis ABC affiliate.

Gatenby started working as a reporter at KSTP in 1987. News director Lindsay Radford wouldn’t say why Gatenby left the station.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune, which first reported the news, said Gatenby’s departure comes as a surprise. “It is believed that he had one of the highest Q Scores — ‘a measurement of the familiarity and appeal of a brand, company, celebrity or television show used in the United States,’ according to Wikipedia — of all Twin Cities traffic reporters.”

Ken Barlow Promoted to Morning Chief Meteorologist at KSTP-KSTC

ken barlowKen Barlow has been promoted to morning chief meteorologist at KSTP-KSTC in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Beginning today, he will handle the forecasts for the 4:30 to 7 a.m. newscast on ABC affiliate KSTP and for the 7 to 9 a.m. newscast on independent station KSTC.

Barlow, who joined KSTP in 2011, moves to mornings from the evening shift.

“I know how important weather is to our viewers and I’m looking forward to helping them prepare for their day,” Barlow said in a statement. “On the personal side, I’m excited, after 20 years in TV, I get to have dinner with my family.”

Barlow replaces Patrick Hammer, whose contract was not renewed.

KSTP Crew Involved in Highway Crash: ‘We’re Gonna Hit!’

A KSTP crew was involved in a highway crash in while covering road conditions during a winter storm (video above). There were no injuries in the accident, which happened Wednesday morning on Interstate 94 in Minneapolis.

“We only had a few scratches on our silver Honda pilot,” reporter Todd Wilson, who was in the car with photographer Adam Stevens, said on KSTP’s evening newscast Wednesday. “We came out of it unhurt, but it shows the importance of driving slowly and staying aware.”

Video of the KSTP crash was on both “Good Morning America” and “Today” this morning.

Jason Davis Announces Retirement from KSTP


Jason Davis has announced he’s retiring from KSTP after nearly 40 years with the Minneapolis-St. Paul ABC station.

“I’ve been here for 37 and a half years, and it’s just time,” Davis told the Pioneer Press. “It’s time to enter another phase in my life, which I want to do in good health. At my age, if I wait too much longer something’s going to happen. You don’t last forever. And you don’t want to end up spending your retirement visiting hospitals.”

Davis, who was born in London, England, spent the early part of his life as a British merchant seaman. After settling in Australia, he started his broadcasting career in 1968. He joined KSTP in 1976.

He told KSTP he has followed one simple rule throughout his career, “You’re only as good as your last story. That’s the one people remember.” Read more

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