UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
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Graduated May 1984
Personal News: My wife Sheri and I have two sons, Sam and Matt. Sam is starting his freshman year at Creighton University. Matt is a junior at Edina High School. As a family we enjoy boating and relaxing at home. Life is good!
What's your job like? I'm a general assignment reporter, meaning no two days are the same. I love the variety and the travel to all parts of Minnesota and Western Wisconsin.
Reflections: I still stay in touch with several of my journalism classmates at UW-River Falls. We had a great group of students and it's been fun to watch the wonderful things everyone has accomplished. The journalism program was small enough to allow for great interaction between students and faculty. UW-River Falls allowed me to put down a solid foundation for my career.
What's your job like? My job is exciting and can be exhausting. My morning radio program demands that I get up at 2:30 a.m. for a 4 a.m. start time. The program itself is a mix of international/national and regional news and that entails a good deal of juggling various elements in order to make it a smooth, listenable show. My television program is a live show, on Friday evenings, and we cover regional politics, news, public affairs, culture, sports, arts and music. It is a long running program, and the highest rated program of its kind, on Friday nights, in the entire PBS system. "Almanac" keeps me on my toes, as does "Morning Edition." In addition to my broadcast work, I also have a small video production company and am branching out into documentary and cable television series production. My feature length documentary "Tales of the Road-Highway 61" was seen on the stations of Minnesota Public Television in January 2009. (www.talesoftheroad.net ) A book version, published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press, came out in October 2008.
Personal News: I'm married with no children. When I'm not on the air, you can find me in a barn, working with horses...or on a trout stream--fishing. In the winter months, I'm in an art studio, working with clay and mosaics.
Reflections: I enjoyed my time at UW-River Falls and felt that I received wonderful hands-on and academic preparation for what I do today.
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