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

Golden Apple: Kelly Penn of Mason City

The 7th & 8th Grade Honor's Literacy teacher at John Adams Middle School is our latest Golden Apple award winner!

Clear Lake City Council approves issuance of bonds for wellness center project

This week, council approved the issuance of $700,000 in General Obligation Bonds that will pay for the project

Mason City moves forward on historic fire station project

The City is seeking bids on repairing the roof of the Depression-era building

Owning a piece of gym history in Forest City

Before the 40+- year-old Forest City High School gym floor is torn out for a new one, the public is getting the chance to bid on a piece of a floor that has a lot of memories

North Iowans heading to Washington, D.C. for March for Life

Each January on the anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, thousands of pro-life activists descend on the Supreme Court to make their voices heard and have the decision overturned

Should you get MLK Day off?

While Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is considered to be a federal holiday, employers have the option to give employees the day off

Corn stalks playing a part in cutting down on snow drifts

Iowa DOT's Standing Corn Snow Fence Program allows farmers to receive a payment if they keep rows of corn on the edges of their fields along highways in open areas

What does it take for the roads to be shut down?

Authorities say closing a highway during a winter storm is a last resort measure; however, it's ultimately up to the conditions

Charles City's Bread of Life Market closing

Final day of business is February 14th

Charles City Police discontinuing using K9 Jordy

Police are wanting to sell dog to trainer and be given to another department after two incidents

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