Hey boss, got a second? I’ve got a great idea. Let’s take our 6 p.m. news — yes, I know it’s No. 1 in the market — and blow it up. Let’s get rid of murders, fires and car crashes unless they’re really bad. Let’s pare back the set and most of the graphics. That was pretty much the pitch KUSA Denver anchor Kyle Clark, made to Tegna President Dave Lougee and other corporate executives in 2015. Obviously, Lougee said yes, or you wouldn’t be reading this.
KUSA Denver Investigative Reporter Chris Vanderveen says when people spot him in public they call him “the medical bill guy” because he has done so many stories about the outrageous bills that hospitals send to patients. The Tegna-owned NBC affiliate has produced 36 in-depth stories and two hours of primetime specials about medical billing and is not letting up.
The station group names Steve Carter president-GM of KGW Portland, while Mark Cornetta adds to his corporate role to lead KUSA Denver.
Trading in cowboys boots for ski boots, Blair Nelson is making the move from Tegna’s WFAA in Dallas to Denver to head up marketing for KUSA. Prior to joining WFAA, she served in senior account management roles at several advertising agencies, leading campaigns for Chevrolet and MillerCoors.