KARE 11 reporter visits UWRF, hometown during homecoming week


October 3, 2017 -- The University of Wisconsin-River Falls is gearing up for its homecoming celebrations this week and preparing to welcome news reporter and 1984 alumnus Boyd Huppert back to campus and back to his hometown of River Falls.

Originally from River Falls, Huppert holds degrees in journalism and political science and was heavily involved in many university organizations including campus radio station WRFW, intramural sports and the campus-based Society for Professional Journalists group.

“UW-River Falls laid the foundation for my career and created a thirst for learning within me. I knew very little about journalism when I came to UW-River Falls and I found the internship opportunities to be vital to where I am today,” Huppert said. “I did a half hour documentary for a radio class that won a national award. That award took me to metro Las Vegas, which led me to land my first job in the field in Wausau.”

In addition to his award-winning reporting, Huppert is also known for his hosting of “The Land of 10,000 Stories” television series that airs Sunday nights on KARE-TV. Before starting at KARE 11 he worked at KETV in Omaha, Neb. and WITI in Milwaukee.

To date he has won 14 national Edward R. Murrow awards, a national Emmy, 92 regional Emmys and three Sigma Delta Chi awards. One of his regional Emmy statues is on display in the UW-River Falls Communication and Media Studies department.

Huppert lives in St. Paul, Minn., and works as a reporter for KARE 11.

He will appear as a guest during the WRFW “Welcome Home Week” series airing Thursday, Oct. 5, at 5 p.m. at 88.7 FM or streaming at

Founded in 1874, UW-River Falls is located in a scenic community just 30 miles from downtown St. Paul. UWRF students are empowered, beginning in their first semester, to participate in hands-on research, global travel and collaborative learning with award-winning and caring faculty.

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