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

Families of the Fallen honored at Tree Town

Non-profit dedicated to honoring and supporting families of those who have lost a loved one in the line of duty treated 6 families VIP style during festival

Receiving an honorary diploma

Man who dropped out of high school to join the service receives high school diploma nearly 7 decades later

Klobuchar, Gillibrand stop in North Iowa

U.S. Senators running for President visit with constituents

Colorful floats on display at Band Festival Parade

Judges make their decisions on the Grand Marshal and Mr. Toot Awards

Drivers advised to stay off closed portion of Mitchell Co. road

While work is almost done, Mitchell Co. is asking for patience and to not drive on freshly done pavement

North Iowa veterans receive quilt of valor: 'I love the smiles, and their eyes light up'

During a ceremony on Friday, 10 veterans became the latest recipients to receive a special gift in honor of their service

People in Mason City plant flags to remember those who served: 'We're remembering the ones who didn't come home'

Around 250 flags were planted at Central Park on Thursday as part of a new annual tradition

Newman seniors walk down memory lane

After graduating high school, some students are planning to further their education. New findings are showing enrollment increasing in 2 and 4-year institutions.

Guidelines for Forest City housing buyout program approved

City looking to sell two vacant lots for $1 to developers to construct new housing

Nationwide Patriot Tour rolls through Mason City: 'It's a great honor to serve'

Annual cross country ride is raising money to help families of wounded veterans

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