I've always been a night-owl. I love to stay up late and sleep in. So a job working nights seemed like the perfect fit for my biorhythms. And it was! In the news business if you want the top job, it's the nightly news position and I landed in it some 21-years-ago, right on track with my career goals.
I sat at the anchor desk with some legendary KELOLAND men: Dave Dedrick, Steve Hemmingsen and Doug Lund. And for the past decade, I’ve brought you the day’s news alongside Don Jorgensen. I've had the chance to cover some incredible stories and breaking news. From tornadoes to plane crashes to deaths of heads-of-state to terrible murder cases and incredible acts of kindness by our viewers. It's been quite the ride.
Now this is starting to sound like a retirement piece, which isn't the case at all-thank God! I'm not quite ready to step away from the anchor chair altogether. But I am making a switch; a switch in shifts and focus. Even though news is never boring, when you've done something for a long time you can get a little complacent. That's why when I talked with our News Director Beth Jensen about wanting some new challenges; I was thrilled that she was receptive. We mapped out a plan for me to take on a little different role here at KELOLAND News.
I've worked the business/consumer beat for years. Several years ago I reported financial issues on my franchise, "Common Cents." I took a break for awhile, but a few years ago right before the recession hit, I took up the beat again, now named "Your Money Matters. It turned out to be incredibly timely and I have had more than my share of stories to report since 2007. Interest in business and consumer news has grown considerably by our viewers as well. It's something I've learned a lot about in reporting on these issues and I have a passion for financial education.
With that experience and our growing digital presence, KELO asked me to take on a greater role to expand our business coverage on our Back to Business page online and on-air. But it can be difficult to report on business issues when you come into work in the afternoon. To do the job right, I need to be here in the mornings. So I am switching shifts and will soon work dayside instead of night side. You will still see me on Midday in KELOLAND and on KELOLAND News at Five. This new schedule will allow me to bring you the most complete and accurate business news in the area.
And on a personal note-I now have three tweens and one teen at home! Any parent can tell you it gets a heck of a lot busier in these teenage years and I'd like to be home when they are. I only have a few short years left with them before they leave for college and I want to make the most of it. In some ways I think it’s just as important to be there during the teen years as when the kids were toddlers. I will now be lucky enough to have done both because the night shift allowed me to be home most of the day when they were toddlers!
It's a win-win situation for everyone. You the viewer will have more complete coverage of local business and consumer stories and I get more time with my kids. Not a bad gig if you can get it!
Review the photos below for a look at my co-workers and hairstyles throughout the years.