He joins the Tegna NBC affiliate from KOMO Seattle, where he’s been news director since 2018 and succeeds the retiring John Remes.
Don’t underestimate the appeal to viewers of getting to know their favorite TV personalities in a more intimate way.
Tegna promotes Joanie Kraus to succeed Steve Chase as head of sales at its Minneapolis NBC affiliate.
New jobs posted to TVNewsCheck’s Media Job Center include openings in marketing, sales and news from Tegna’s stations in Austin and Minneapolis, Capitol Broadcasting’s WRAL in Raleigh, and Nexstar’s station in Jackson, Miss.
Tegna’s NBC affiliate in Minneapolis has evolved its use of social media over the years, from a platform to drive users to KARE’s newscasts or website to it being the primary outlet for breaking news. “Facebook is literally the first place that we will put breaking news. The audience now demands more content on social media. So our strategy has completely been turned upside down,” says Social Media Manager Bea Chang.
Jane Helmke, who has been news director at Tegna’s NBC affiliate KARE Minneapolis/St. Paul for the last seven years, is stepping down. She’s leaving to spend more time with her family. Her partner is battling cancer and the couple has two teenage children.
They are KNXV Phoenix (Scripps), KARE Minneapolis (Tegna), KHOU Houston (Tegna), KNTV San Francisco (NBC) and WITI Milwaukee (Tribune). Also winning awards are ABC News, CBS News and PBS, plus Netflix, HBO and National Geographic Networks. The awards will be presented on Jan. 16, 2018.
Tegna Media’s NBC affiliate KARE Minneapolis (DMA 15) won a George Polk Award for television reporting for its investigative series Invisible Wounds. Numerous KARE investigations disclosed that the Veterans Administration in Minnesota used unqualified doctors and inappropriate medical tests on veterans with traumatic brain injuries. KARE is the only television broadcaster to win a Polk […]
Weekend anchor Rena Sarigianopoulos and reporter/anchor fill-in Jana Shortal are co-anchoring a new broadcast at 6:30 p.m. on Tegna’s NBC affiliate in Minneapolis.
Among stories of interest to the local journalism community are the ratings gains in Washington, D.C., during the government shutdown; the decline in local news viewing overall; a new morning show at previously newsless KCWI Des Moines, Iowa; a new company called ProPixTV that is selling feature stories to stations; and a tip of the old rabbit ears to KARE Minneapolis’ Brad Huppert who just won his ninth and 10th Edward R. Murrow Awards.