DMA 17: DENVER

KMGH Adds Investigative Reporter Jace Larson

Jace Larson is the new investigative reporter for Scripps-owned ABC affiliate KMGH Denver (DMA 17). The national award-winning journalist will join the station’s Denver7 Investigators team and will also work on national investigations for The Now, an original syndicated news program created by The E.W. Scripps Co. He will join the KMGH team in October.

Larson will team up with Tony Kovaleski, whose in-depth investigations changed emergency procedures at the Denver International Airport, and Ryan Luby, who also recently joined the team from New Mexico. Luby’s reporting on the state’s campaign finance records enacted reforms in the state’s system.

“Jace will round out our robust investigative team,” said Brad Remington, VP-GM of KMGH. “Government officials, community leaders and companies should take notice. The Denver7 Investigators will uncover corruption, expose the misuse of taxpayer dollars and serve as the watchdog for citizens who don’t feel empowered to stand up against the system. The fact that Jace is returning home gives him a clear advantage to tap into a network of people he knows and a community he understands.”

“Who wouldn’t want to return to Colorado?” said Larson. “The people, the landscape and the competitive news market made it an easy decision to return. Scripps made it clear, we will be leaders in investigative journalism. Audiences already are noticing a big difference in Denver with the addition of Tony and Ryan. I look forward to contributing to their efforts and to interacting with our audiences. News today is a two-way street, with constant social media interaction. We’re going to create interactive ways to share and experience the news together.”

In addition to his focus on Colorado investigations, Larson also will explore stories with national significance for The Now, which that airs in 11 Scripps markets. 

Larson returns to Denver from Texas, where he spent three years as an investigative reporter for KPRC Houston.

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“Jace is a high caliber journalist when it comes to exposing injustices and tapping into sources who are willing to share evidence of wrongdoing,” said Sean McLaughlin, vice president of news for Scripps. “Scripps is committed to investigative reporting and welcoming Jace Larson to KMGH proves we want to hire the very best in the business.”

Prior to his work in Houston, Larson was an investigative reporter in Denver, Tulsa and Quincy, Ill. This year, the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters named him best specialty reporter. Larson has won the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award along with regional Emmy and Edward R. Murrow awards.

He earned a mass communication degree from Principia College in Elsah, Ill.


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