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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

A lasting love story: North Iowa couple celebrates 80 years of marriage

A couple originally from Worth County celebrated 80 years of wedded bliss.

Historic North Iowa restaurant changing hands

The Suzie Q will soon be under new management

Skating for Make-a-Wish Iowa

Proceeds during annual fundraiser at Roller City go towards foundation dedicated to fulfilling wishes

A message to help those in need

Mason City-based family-friendly book author is sharing the story of having the motivation to doing something important...and to also help those in need

Project to add boat ramp on Cedar River gaining momentum

Project aims to add a formal boat ramp to area that already sees plenty of traffic in Floyd

Discussing state of healthcare at rountable forum

From Medicaid reimbursements to finding an ambulance, issues regarding access to health care in rural areas were shared at Friday's forum in New Hampton

Alternate site for Charles City baseball/softball complex being discussed

School board hears alternate site located near Charles City High School and football stadium

Predicting spring planting season outlook, and discussing business startups

Group of farmers, investors and business owners converged on Music Man Square for Ag Ventures Alliance meeting

Report showing the good and where improvement is needed for Cerro Gordo Co. in health rankings

Report measures health outcomes like premature death as well as health factors like behaviors and physical environment

Midwest Nice: The story of an 82-year-old man rescued after wreck in Cerro Gordo Co.

Mason City man describes rescue from water-covered ditch with help not only from Iowa State Patrol but also two other drivers.

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