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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

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

Christine Haas Joins KTBC as Evening Co-Anchor

KTBC, the Fox O&O in Austin, has named Christine Haas co-anchor of its weekday evening newscasts.

Haas begins in Austin on August 12. She will co-anchor the 5 and 9 p.m. newscasts alongside Mike Warren, replacing Loriana Hernandez, who is moving to the morning newscast.

“Christine is well-respected in this business, winning numerous awards for her reporting. She’s going to be a valuable member of our team and we look forward to her return to Austin,” KTBC vice president and news director Pam Vaught said in a statement.

Haas comes from KNSD in San Diego, where she anchored the 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. newscasts. She has also worked at KHOU in Houston, KVUE in Austin, KARE in Minneapolis, WTSP in Tampa, KTHV in Little Rock and KAMR in Amarillo, Texas.

KTBC’s official announcement is after the jump. Read more

KARE Stages Trailer Crash For Report on Towing Safety

A reporter and a photojournalist for Minneapolis NBC affiliate KARE deliberately crashed a trailer for a report on towing safety this week.

The report, which aired Wednesday, featured an interview with a woman whose husband and three-year-old daughter died after a trailer came unhitched from an oncoming pickup truck while they were driving. Reporter Boyd Huppert and photojournalist Jonathan Malat staged the crash to demonstrate the consequences of not “properly pack, haul and tow items like canoes, kayaks and mattresses.”

Poynter’s Al Tompkins takes a behind-the-scenes look at the process of putting the report together:

“The people in HR were rightfully concerned about how we were going to do this,” Huppert said. “We had a couple of first responders, officers from the highway patrol and Minnesota Department of Transportation folks there helping up.” He continued: “At one point our news director told me if I didn’t feel safe driving the vehicle that was towing the trailer that she would drive it. No way was I going to let that happen.”

The MNDOT workers rigged a closed test track road with a couple of bumps intended to jar the improperly attached trailer loose when it hit. Malat attached GoPro miniature cameras to the tongue of the trailer, to the top of the trailer, down low on the back of the truck, inside the truck, and high on the truck. “I did tell my chief photographer that we might tear up some gear on this one,” Malat said. “Dumb luck we didn’t.”

Watch the report after the jump. Read more

RTDNA Announces Edward R. Murrow Award Winners for 2013

RTDNA has announced the winners of the 2013 regional Edward R. Murrow Awards.

The big winners were Boston ABC affiliate WCVB with 7 awards, Denver NBC affiliate KUSA with nine awards, Seattle NBC affiliate KING with eight awards and Minneapolis NBC affiliate KARE with ten awards in the large market category for their regions.

The most dominant small market stations in their respective regions were Tulsa, OK, ABC affiliate KTUL with six awards and New Orleans FOX affiliate WVUE with nine awards.

You can view the complete list of winners by clicking here.

KARE, WBNS, KUSA Win Cronkite Awards

The University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism has announced the 2013 winners of the Walter Cronkite Awards for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.

KARE, Gannett’s NBC affiliate in Minneapolis-St. Paul, won for local broadcast station. The judges cited its coverage of the marriage equality debate, calling KARE’s reporting “fair, balanced and deeply personal.” WBNS in Columbus received a special commendation for citizen engagement. Denver’s KUSA was the winner of the Cronkite/Jackson Prize for Fact Checking Political Messages, a category that was just introduced to the awards this year.

Two reporters were honored for individual achievement at a local broadcast station. Marshall Zelinger, a content producer and presenter at KMGH in Denver, won for his “clarity of presentation” and “modern production techniques.” Tom McKee, a reporter at WCPO in Cincinnatti, received the special commendation for citizen engagement for his his extensive fieldwork. Read more

After Just Four Months As News Director, John Soares Leaving KWCH

Just four months after joining KWCH, news director John Soares is leaving the Wichita CBS affiliate.

“I met with my newsroom staff on Monday to let them know that I am remaining with the station through Friday to facilitate the transition to an interim news director,” Soares told TVSpy in an email.

Tipsters tell TVSpy the interim news director is Tom Lindner, a former news director at KARE in Minneapolis.

Despite rumors to the contrary, Soares told TVSpy he is not headed to Oklahoma City to replace Mary Ann Eckstein at KFOR.

“There is no truth whatsoever to the rumor of me heading to KFOR in Oklahoma City,” he said.

Once Upon A Time Writer for ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ Was Reporter for KARE

KARE anchor Julie Nelson profiled former reporter Phil Johnston who is one-half of the team who penned Disney’s latest animated film, “Wreck-it Ralph”.  You can watch the video after the jump.

“Once upon a time,” Johnston, who worked for KARE, told the Minneapolis NBC affiliate’s anchor. “There was a guy who ended up doing exactly what he wanted to do and will hopefully get that privilege the rest of his life”

Johnston also wrote the film, “Cedar Rapids” which he said was inspired by his experiences as a reporter for KARE.

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Jeremiah Jacobsen Joins KARE Morning Newscast

Multimedia journalist Jeremiah Jacobsen is joining the morning newscast at KARE, the NBC affiliate in Minneapolis.

Jacobsen joins KARE after five years at WINK in Fort Myers, where he was most recently the weekend anchor and political reporter. The Minnesota native will begin at his new job on December 3.

Jacobsen will be working overnight to produce and edit the morning newscast. He will be anchoring the 4:30 a.m. newscast and will lead breaking news coverage during the 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. hours.

Rena Sarigianopoulos to Co-Host KARE Saturday Morning Newscast

Rena Sarigianopoulos has been named Saturday morning co-host at KARE, the NBC affiliate in Minneapolis.

Sarigianopoulos will co-host the program with meteorologist Belinda Jensen beginning October 13. The newscast will air from 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday mornings. In a statement, news director Jane Helmke called the pair “a dynamic and engaging team for our community.”

Sarigianopoulos will continue to anchor the weekend evening newscasts alongside Blake McCoy.

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