Veteran Journalist Bob Mercer Joins KELOLAND

KELOLAND Media Group is pleased to welcome veteran political and government journalist Bob Mercer.

“We are extremely happy to add journalist Bob Mercer to our newsroom,” said Jay Huizenga Vice President and General Manager of the KELOLAND Media Group.  “Bob is a well-respected reporter and columnist and he will provide perspective and experience to our government and political reporting.”

"This promises to be an exciting adventure," Mercer said. 

Mercer has been in the news business since 1984 with a four-year exception, when he served as press secretary during the fourth and final term of Gov. Bill Janklow's administration from late 1998 through 2002.

During the past nine years, he operated a news bureau in Pierre for the Aberdeen American News and syndicated his stories to the other daily papers in the group.   He received the Associated Press Managing Editors journalist of the year award in 1986. The South Dakota Newspaper Association honored Mercer with its Distinguished Service award in 2017.

Mercer will begin his reporting for KELOLAND Media Group in October.  He will be based out of Pierre, serving as the Capitol Bureau Chief, but will provide statewide coverage of political and government issues.  

KELOLAND Media Group is the leading media company in the region.  It owns and operates television stations, websites and mobile news applications.  KELOLAND TV is one of the highest rated CBS affiliates in the nation and serves portions of South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska.  KELOLAND News has earned numerous state, regional and national awards for excellence.  KELOLAND.com is the region’s most visited local website. 
KELOLAND Media Group also programs a MyNetworkTV affiliate through its second digital channel, hosts the ION network on its third digital channel and ESCAPE network on its fourth digital channel.   KELOLAND WeatherNow is the area’s only all-local weather channel and is featured on nearly all cable systems in the region.  

KELOLAND Media Group is part of Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. (NASDAQ:  NXST)

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