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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

What does the 'CARES Act' mean for business owners?

Businesses can now access $2.2 trillion worth of assistance thanks to act passed last week

Capturing a historic moment with the Front Porch Project

Photographers nationwide are taking pictures of families right in front of their homes, and the trend is catching on

Blood supply sufficient during pandemic

Despite pandemic resulting in the cancellation or postponements of blood drives before a crucial time of the year, donors are rolling up their sleeves, and helping replenish the supply

Albert Lea students begin distance learning

In-person classes are shifting to online-based learning and lessons for Minnesota students starting this week

Some counties still not seeing any confirmed positive coronavirus cases

Around 40 counties in both Iowa and Minnesota currently have no reported positive cases of COVID-19

Banks assisting customers during pandemic

From deferred loan payments to paycheck protection program, financial institutions are working with their customers during this time of uncertainty

North Iowa teachers parade through district: 'I know they miss the kids'

With school being suspended due to the coronavirus, teachers are letting their students know how much they miss them

North Iowa company helping make masks

To help nurses and healthcare workers on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic, Metalcraft will be producing shields. And they're already receiving plenty of requests.

Mason City Public Transit seeking drivers

The agency is looking for temporary, part-time, skilled bus drivers

Cerro Gordo Co. agencies evaluating additional staging areas for coronavirus patients

CG Public Health and MercyOne North Iowa are developing contingency plans if a surge in patients occurs.

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