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Alex Jirgens

Alex Jirgens joined KIMT as a multimedia journalist in January of 2018.

Title: Multimedia journalist
ajirgens@kimt.com

I am a native of the Sunflower State...Kansas! I was born in Ottawa, grew up in Pleasanton (both near Kansas City), McPherson and then Lehigh (both near Wichita), where I grew up on a farm. After high school, I then attended Hutchinson Community College for two years. After a couple years of working and saving up, I went back to school, this time at Kansas State (Every Man a Wildcat!) in the Fall of 2015. I graduated in December 2017 with a B.S. in Journalism/Mass Communication, and minored in Geography.

I have been interested in media as a whole since I was a kid, where I would keep my ear next to the radio, my eyeballs were glued to the TV, and reading the newspaper before school. I first broke into broadcasting at radio stations KHUT and KWBW in Hutchinson, as a board operator for a Sunday morning church service and high school athletic broadcasts, in October 2012. In August 2013, I joined KBBE radio in McPherson, hosting a Sunday morning Christian music show. In addition, I produced commercials and weather updates, as well as hosting two New Year's Eve shows. In September 2015, I accepted two positions: one at Manhattan Broadcasting Company, where I was a DJ on two stations, delivered live severe weather coverage on four stations, hosted a halftime scoreboard show for Friday night football broadcasts, and later became a City Commission reporter and overnight newscaster; and another with K-State's campus station KSDB, where I hosted a live talk show called "Open Mic" once a week, and a couple of music shows, as well as producing station imaging and promotions. In addition, I also anchored, produced and directed newscasts for K-State's TV station KKSU. During the Summer of 2017, I was accepted into an internship program at all-news radio station 680 News/CFTR in Toronto, Canada, an experience I will never forget. I did everything from reporting and script writing to doing live traffic updates and business reports. In November 2017, I was offered a position at KIMT.

In my free time, I enjoy traveling and sightseeing (if there is anything I should see in Iowa or Minnesota that you recommend, please let me know!), cooking, attending live music and comedy events, listening to new and old music (I have a very diverse taste in music...from hip hop to soundtracks, I listen to it all!), rooting for the Wildcats, Chiefs, Royals, Packers (there's a long story behind that) and Vikings, and visiting with family and friends.

Recent Posts by Alex Jirgens

Iowa now holds nation's lowest unemployment rate at 2.4%

2,300 Iowans entered the workforce in December, making the total number of employed Iowans to 1,651,300, the most in history

Senator Grassley makes North Iowa visits Tuesday

U.S. Senator visited with Wood Harbor employees, as well as in Manly and Osage

Traveling museum dedicated to Black history makes stop in Forest City

The Michigan based museum features artifacts from different eras in history, from African soil through slavery and Jim Crow and Civil Rights eras, to the election of President Obama

A 'day on, not a day off' to honor Dr. King

Not only is Martin Luther King Jr. Day designated as a federal holiday, but also a national day of service, with volunteers holding projects across the country to honor his vision of a "Beloved Community"

Clear Lake Police and Chamber of Commerce host active shooter education

Learning vital life-saving information during an active shooter situation

Snow plows out in full force

After lack of notable snowfall events this season, crews are out and about removing snow from streets, parking lots and sidewalks

Forest City Schools scheduling a pilot 'E-learning' day in February

First day to be utilized during the first snow day in February, and is one of two districts in Iowa using the concept

Developer eyeing Britt for new hotel

32-room hotel proposed by Brookstone Lodge & Suites, who have two hotels in Algona and Emmetsburg

New report calls for change to Iowa's laws regarding youth receiving adult court convictions for simple misdemeanors

Report lists four recommendations regarding data on youth in adult courts, jails and prisons; limit types of offenses that may result in transfer; end statutory exclusion of youth from juvenile court; and end pre-trial incarceration of youth under 18 in adult jails

Winnebago launches wheelchair-friendly RV collection

The Intent 30R AE, Adventurer 30T AE, and Forza 34T AE debuting this week at RV show in Florida

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