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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

Former KMSP Anchor and Minnesota Senator Rod Grams Dies

Rod GramsRod Grams, a former Minnesota anchor, congressman and senator, has died, the Associated Press reports. Grams was 65.

Before he entered politics in 1992, Grams spent 10 years as the primary anchor for KMSP, the Fox O&O in Minneapolis-St. Paul. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Minnesota’s 6th Congressional district, in 1992. Two years later, he was elected to the U.S. Senate, where he served a single term from 1995 to 2001.

According to KMSP, Grams was diagnosed with colon and liver cancer two years ago. He entered hospice care in September.

“He set the bar high,” former co-anchor Heather Harden said of Grams. “He had a quiet strength about him.”

After the jump, a clip from the 1980s of Grams anchoring at WIFR in Rockford. Read more

Boston FOX Station Adds Minneapolis Anchor

JoyLimNakrin300Joy Lim Nakrin will join Boston FOX owned station WFXT as an anchor, reporter and legal expert.

Currently, Nakrin is a reporter and weekend anchor for Minneapolis ABC affiliate KSTP.

“We wanted her to stay here and we made her an offer to stay,” KSTP news director Lindsay Radford told the Pioneer Press. “We know it was a tough decision for her. At the end of the day, her hometown called. It was an opportunity that was tough to say ‘no’ to.” Read more

Minneapolis Reporter Sorry for Drunken Tweet

KMSP reporter Tom Lyden has apologized for a tweet he sent it out the night of the Upper Midwest Regional Emmy Awards. The tweet itself tells the story:

The reporter for the Minneapolis FOX owned station hit the bar after leaving the awards show Emmy-less. The link leads to a Minneapolis blog that shows the progression of Lyden’s tweets that night.

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Lyden sent out the “sorry” on twitter and facebook.

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KSTP Anchor Sues After Learning Driver’s License Info Accessed

KSTP anchor Jessica Miles has filed a federal lawsuit claiming her driver’s license information was illegally searched nearly 1,380 times.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports, about 20 people have sued local and state government agencies after hearing from the Department of Public Safety that their private records had been accessed by public employees.

Mile’s lawsuit states, “On July 30, 2013, Jessica was shocked and disgusted to learn from DPS that it had determined that officers and personnel from approximately 180 different departments and agencies had reviewed and improperly obtained or used her private data.”

Miles, the on-air name of Jessica Kampschroer, is married to Cory Kampschroer a digital news manager at the Minneapolis-St. Paul ABC affiliate who is also joining the suit.

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After Eight Years at KSTP, Mark Albert Leaves Without a Plan

Mark Albert walked away from KSTP last week after his contract was up.

The reporter for Minneapolis ABC affiliate told TVSpy he doesn’t have a job lined up, but he wants to stay in the business, “My ultimate goal has always been to be a network White House correspondent. I’m passionate about news and politics and what better place to be than DC.”

For now, Albert said he plans on traveling first and then exploring is options. “In the short-term, perhaps I’ll try to freelance somewhere while I look for my next gig. I’d report overseas in a heartbeat, too.”

Albert said it was his decision to leave KSTP. “It’s been a great run,” he told the Pioneer Press. “And after eight years, I think it’s time for a new challenge.”

KARE Meteorologist Has Rabies Scare After Waking Up With Bat on His Face

What KARE‘s Sven Sundgaard thought was “no big deal” has turned out to be both expensive and painful for the meteorologist for the Minneapolis NBC affiliate.

Sundgaard has been undergoing a series of painful and expensive rabies vaccinations after he woke up with a bat on his face last Sunday. He told TVSpy he has three more rounds of injections that won’t end until September 3.

He told City Pages he was at his family’s cabin near Lake Mille Lacs in Minnesota when he discovered the bat. On his face.

Once back at work, a co-worker told him that bats have a high incidence of transmitting rabies to humans. “So I called a doctor, and he said, ‘You should get the shots.’” Sungaard told City Pages. “I was like, ‘What, really?’ Then I got a second opinion and they said the same thing,” Read more

Marian Davey Named News Director at KMSP

Marian Davey has been promoted to news director at KMSP, the Fox O&O in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Davey joined the station in 2002 as managing editor and was promoted to assistant news editor in 2003.

“Mim has strengthened our news product, led our expansion efforts to nearly 50 hours a week, and has executed tremendous digital growth. She has been an integral part of our station’s progress over the past 11 years and earned this role as leader of our news team,” KMSP vice president and general manager Carol Rueppel said in a statement.

Before joining KMSP, Davey spent 14 years at WCCO, the CBS O&O in Minneapolis-St. Paul. She began her career there as an intern and was eventually named managing editor.

Davey replaces Bill Dallman, who recently joined Fox Sports 1 as vice president of news.

More from Fox after the jump. Read more

Heidi Collins No Longer With KMSP

KMSP anchor Heidi Collins is no longer with the Minneapolis FOX owned station.

“It has been gratifying to contribute to the success of Fox 9 during these past 3 years,” Collins said in a statement. “However, I have decided to explore new opportunities. It has been entirely my honor to serve the great people and communities in and around Mpls./St. Paul.  Without a doubt, it is my much-appreciated viewers I will miss the most.”

Carol Rueppel, KMSP vice president and general manager said, “We want to thank Heidi for her contributions to the FOX 9 news team and we wish her much success in the future.”

Collins, whose last day on-air was July 29, previously worked at CNN. She started at KMSP in 2010.

Former WCCO Anchor Don Shelby Rules Out Run for Congress

Don Shelby, former anchor for Minneapolis CBS owned station WCCO, told his former station he will not run for Congress.

“When you see statements by John Boehner that says our job is not to pass laws but to repeal them,” Shelby said. “It makes you wonder who in his or her right mind would really want to get into that business, especially if they come from a background of trying to change things … trying to be helpful, trying to be a true public servant,”

Shelby said he was not comfortable being labeled either a Democrat or Republican. He said he’s neither. He also said he didn’t want to give up time with his family.

According to WCCO, National Democrats had approached Shelby in hopes he would seek the 3rd Congressional District seat currently occupied by Republican Congressman Erik Paulsen. Watch the interview with WCCO after the jump. Read more

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