I’m an award-winning anchor, producer and multimedia journalist at KBJR-TV in Duluth, MN. I joined the news team in northern Minnesota in November of 2008 as evening anchor for sister station KDLH-TV. I was promoted in 2011 to co-anchor & producer of the KBJR 10 p.m. newscast. A year later I joined the 6 p.m. newscast. My nickname around the station is the “social media czar.” Guess why.
Much of my reporting work centers around children’s mental health issues, military & veterans affairs, the state legislature and the occasional feature.
Working as an anchor first, reporter second, I need to be creative with cultivating ideas for special projects. Many of my stories have come from tips via Twitter and Facebook, blogs and lending an open ear to the occasional character I stumble upon in the field.
I’ve also played a vital role in integrating social media into daily news gathering efforts working with my managers and staff.
Prior to arriving in Duluth, I spent six months as a freelance reporter at News 12 Connecticut. I worked with some of the best photojournalists in the country. The funny thing about my short stint is that my very first story and my last story were both recognized with awards. I received a Regional SPJ award for the first one. The last one a 2009 New York Emmy for sports feature.
I started my full time on-air career at KMEG-TV in Sioux City, IA as an morning anchor and producer. I had the job locked down a month before college graduation.
The TV career didn’t start there, however.
While in High School I was an intern for WRNN-TV located outside New York City. After several months I was hired as a part-time photographer/production assistant. During my Junior and Senior college years, I spent my summers, spring breaks and winters as a photojournalist at News 12 Westchester and Hudson Valley in New York. In my final semester of my senior year, I was given a rare opportunity to freelance as a one-man band for Vermont’s WPTZ-TV at their White River Jct. Bureau. I was brought on after the news director watched a story I had submitted for an award contest.
I grew up a little north of New York City, in the Rockland County town of Haverstraw. I’m a North Rockland High School graduate and studied Broadcast News at Lyndon State College in Vermont. When I’m not chasing down stories, I like to keep in touch with family overseas, take pictures and watch news from the comfort of my couch.
I’m the son of proud Danish parents.