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Les Sachs to Retire After 35 Years at WGEM

Anchor Les Sachs is set to retire later this spring, after 35 years with WGEM.

Sachs first joined WGEM–an NBC-affiliate that covers the tri-states area of western Illinois, northeastern Missouri, and southeastern Iowa–in 1973.  After rising through the ranks at WGEM, Sachs left the station in 1989. He returned in ’93 and has been there ever since.

“Les has always been there, in good times and challenging times, for so many people.  He’s been that trusted resource,” WGEM news director Chad Mahoney said.  “Les genuinely cares about the community and people sense that.  That’s why he has been so successful for so many years.” Read more

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Management Changes at KHQA: Baldner Succeeding Sowers as News Director

KHQA announced today that executive news director, and longtime anchor, Carol Sowers has been named vice president of public affairs and Nora Baldner (left) is taking over as news director.

Sowers, who has been with the CBS-affiliate since 1985, will continue anchoring KHQA’s evening newscasts in addition to handling public affairs programming, community outreach, and special projects for the station. Sowers has been KHQA’s news director since 1996.

KHQA, which serves the Tri-States area of western Illinois, northeastern Missouri, and southeastern Iowa, hired Baldner last August as managing editor. Previously, Baldner worked as an assignment editor for rival station WGEM and also hosted the NBC-affiliate’s morning show for over a decade.

“Nora has a distinguished record in journalism and community involvement, along with a wealth of experience covering news in the Tri-State area,” Sowers said when Baldner joined the station last year. “She will be a strong leader as we reshape local news for the future.”

After 26 Years, Shan Whiston Bids Farewell to WGEM

Shan Whiston is bidding farewell to WGEM after nearly 26 years with the station.

“When people speak of WGEM and its leadership status in news and community service, the name Shan Whiston often enters the conversation,” said WGEM news director Chad Mahoney in announcing Whiston’s departure. “Shan will leave WGEM News having touched many lives.”

Whiston joined WGEM, an NBC-affiliate serving the Tri-Cities area along the borders Illinois, Missouri, and Iowa, in 1985 as a reporter and since then has become a familiar face in the community. She currently anchors WGEM’s 6 p.m. newscast.

Whiston is leaving WGEM to spend more time with her family as they move to be closer to where her husband has accepted a new job. Read more