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

Stores preparing for impending snowfall

Staying ahead of the storm by stocking supplies

Hancock Co. road project halted for the winter

Engineer in charge of the project will resume construction in the spring

Legal clinic for survivors of sexual assault

Advocates with CIS and Iowa CASA are sharing and discussing legal assistance opportunities

Family shares story of loss during Children's Miracle Network Radiothon

Xavier Shoars was 3-years-old at the time of his diagnosis with nephroblastoma

Lineup for 2019 Tree Town Festival announced

Lineup includes mix of well-known headliners, as well as female, classic and local acts

Floyd County bus service looking to resume soon

Includes adding an extra bus to offer service to/from Charles City and Mason City

Charles City Police and Schools forming new K9 partnership

Partnership allows officer Dario Gamino and new K9 narcotics dog Jordy to train on school campuses after hours, as well as conducting random daytime drug sweeps

What to look for in a dog breeder

After Monday's raid on a Worth County dog breeding operation, you may be wondering what to look for in a breeder if adopting a new pet

Operation Christmas Child begins this week

Churches across the country are participating in collecting shoeboxes full of small gifts to send to needy children across the world

Speaker at Charles City Schools' Veterans Day ceremony says the makeup of veterans is changing

Army veteran notes change in veteran population and demographics

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