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Omaha Stations Cover Twin Tornadoes in Pilger

Twin tornadoes ripped through Pilger, Neb., Monday afternoon, leaving two dead and 16 more critically injured. Stations in Omaha produced special coverage of the storms during the afternoon and evening hours.

CBS affiliate KMTV covered the severe weather during an its 4 p.m. newscast, which was expanded to an hour yesterday. The station continued to cover the storm at 5 p.m. and kept up a severe weather banner during the “CBS Evening News,” which airs on KMTV at 5:30 p.m. During the 10 p.m. newscast, Kelly Bartnick reported from Pliger and Rebekah Rae was live from nearby Wisner.

NBC affiliate WOWT also covered the storms during its 4 p.m. newscast, which was expanded to an hour, as well as at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. The station kept a severe weather alert on the screen during “NBC Nightly News” from 5:30 to 6 p.m. and through much of its primetime programming. For the 10 p.m. newscast, Lena Tillett and Brian Mastre reported from Pilger. Read more

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Sheila Brummer Returns to KTIV as Anchor

brummer_ktivSheila Brummer has been named co-anchor for KTIV.

She will co-anchor the Sioux City, IA NBC affiliate’s 5:00 p.m. news and join Matt Breen at 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.

“I am so happy to have this opportunity to return to the team at KTIV,” said Sheila. “I have worked in bigger cities, but the talent and the enthusiasm at KTIV surpasses them all. Matt Breen could work anywhere in the country and I can’t wait to sit next to him each night.”

“I am very excited to bring back home to Siouxland a familiar face for our viewers,” Bridget Breen KTIV station manager said in a statement.

Brummer started her career at KTIV in the early 1990′s. She has also worked in Wausau, WI, Des Moines, IA, Omaha, NE, and Las Vegas, NV.

Her first day will be Thanksgiving.

Kristie VerMulm Leaving KTIV in November

After 17 years on the anchor desk, Kristie VerMulm has announced she is leaving Sioux City, IA, NBC affiliate KTIV in November.

“Deep down I know this day would eventually come,” said VerMulm in a statement. “It hasn’t been an easy decision, but it’s the right choice for me and my family. For the last 17 years I have been blessed with the opportunity to anchor the evening newscasts at KTIV.”

VerMulm started at KTIV as a reporter in 1993. After leaving the station in 1994, she returned in 1996 as anchor of the 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. news and was added as anchor of the 5:00 p.m. news in 2000.

“KTIV newscast viewership market share annually ranks among the top five of 209 NBC markets. This is something we are all very proud of,” said KTIV regional vice president and general manager Jerry Watson. “Kristie’s contributions to KTIV have been nothing but outstanding, and her leadership and teamwork have helped build KTIV into the successful national news power it is today.”

VerMulm’s last day will be November 27.

Sports Director Mike Foss Out at KMEG-KPTH

Sports director Mike Foss has parted ways with KMEG-KPTH, the CBS and Fox affiliates in Sioux City, Iowa.

Foss has been the KMEG-KPTH sports director for more than two years. He was last on the air during the 10 p.m. newscast Thursday.

Jordan Furbee, who anchors the station’s 5 and 10 p.m. newscasts, will replace Foss as sports director.

“Jordan’s work as a co-anchor on our evening newscasts was exemplary, but his true love and passion is sports,” general manager Steve Scollard said in a statement. “Jordan brings an enthusiasm and passion to sports coverage and reporting that is unmatched in the region and we are fortunate to have someone of his talents take over our Sports Division.

KTIV Loses Power Moments Before 10 p.m. Newscast

KTIV‘s 10 p.m. newscast nearly didn’t make it on the air Tuesday night, after a power outage hit the NBC-affiliate’s Sioux City neighborhood.

Early in the evening, a piece of equipment failed at the electrical substation across the street from KTIV, leaving thousands of households in the area without power. Technicians were able to fix the problem, but only within an hour of KTIV’s 10 p.m. newscast.

After some scrambling, the station was able to get everything up and running again, just ten minutes before the newscast. Read more

KCAU Appoints Sports Director to News Anchor, Adds New Sports Director

After 24 years serving as KCAU‘s sports director, Tim Seaman (right) is sliding his chair over a bit to co-anchor the station’s nightly newscasts.

The Sioux City ABC-affiliate announced this week that Seaman would replace longtime anchor Larry Wentz on the 5, 6, and 10 p.m. newscasts. Wentz is currently recovery from liver transplant surgery.

With Seaman moving to news anchor, KCAU has tapped Travis Morgan, a veteran of the Sioux City market, as his successor on the sports desk. Read more

Former Microsoft Employee Named KMEG-KPTH News Director

Aaron Weiss has been named news director of KMEG-KPTH in Sioux City, IA.

“Aaron brings to us a terrific news pedigree, a track record of ratings success and a deep understanding of new and social media,” said Steve Scollard, vice president and general manger of KMEG and KPTH, in announcing the hiring.

Weiss has a unique background that includes significant experience in the software industry, including time working as a program manager at Microsoft.

Most recently, Weiss served as news integration manager at KGW in Portland, where he received several Edward R. Murrow Awards for his work producing breaking news coverage. Read more