Alex Jirgens joined KIMT as a multimedia journalist in January of 2018.
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.
NIACC basketball players share how they're 'doing the right thing' as part of the PBIS program
With harvest starting in a matter of days, students from two Mitchell County school districts are learning how what dangers lie on the farm, and what they can do to protect themselves
A representative with the Minnesota-based electronics retailer says the company decided to not renew their lease
About $165 was discovered to be missing
A carnival during a Stacyville church's fall festival was nearly pulled due to a lack of volunteers, but a group of kids were determined to not let that happen
From preserving food and nature, to health and culture as well, it was recognized during the Preservation Celebration at Central Gardens on Sunday
Public invited to catch monarchs at the Fossil & Prairie Center to track their southern migration to Mexico for the season
Members of the Three Rivers group of the Pony Express Riders of Iowa collected funds Saturday at the Top of Iowa for the Easter Seals Camp Sunnyside
Family among over 300 that walked in Saturday's walk at Frank Hall Park in Albert Lea
A North Iowa single mom that has had trials in her life is getting the chance to further her education thanks to a full-ride scholarship