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.
Proceeds and donations from the Mason City Jaycees Dog Wash going towards the Humane Society of North Iowa and the Glady Mae Animal Sanctuary
Despite weather delay, all matches were able to be played...and is getting Wimbledon's attention
Strong winds take down tree branches and even flip over a boat dock on Clear Lake
All donations will go toward veterans or their spouses
Despite the heat, for some professions, the hot weather doesn't necessarily mean the job is called off
The goal is simple: pick up trash or litter just 10 feet away from them, or further, and change our piece of the Earth.
Despite a few tweaks, the fair is going on as planned, and fundraising efforts are underway to replace the buildings destroyed in the storm
After a virus was detected at the Winneshiek County fair this month, people showing off animals are inspecting them before the public arrives to the fair
The 2019 Inland Lake Yachting Association's E-Scow Invitational saw participants from not only Iowa, but also Minnesota and Wisconsin compete
The project, set to begin construction in 2021, will include a grade-separated bridge over US 218/Quarry Road, while also closing other access roads into town