Denver PR Blog

Joanne Ostrow Giveth, and Taketh Away
May 5, 2014, 4:26 pm
Filed under: Denver Post, KUSA

Following her puff piece on 9News Vice President of News Patti Dennis last month, Denver Post media critic Joanne Ostrow went completely the other direction today when she called out 9News photojournalist Brian Willie for his conflict of interest in serving as a family spokesman in an incident 9News was actively covering. Her lede:

Question: According to journalism ethics, when is it proper for a TV station employee to serve as a spokesperson on a news story the TV station is covering?

Answer: After that employee leaves the media job.

Sports Anchor Wargin Latest to Leave 9News
April 23, 2014, 9:56 am
Filed under: Jobs, KUSA

9News sports anchor Susie Wargin is the latest KUSA-TV employee to join the 9News Alumni Association. Wargin, who is leaving the station to pursue a real-estate career, joins Will Ripley, Kirk Montgomery and Amelia Earhart as the most recent high-profile departures.

Ron Zappolo In, Kirk Montgomery Out at 9News
April 17, 2014, 8:34 am
Filed under: KUSA

9News entertainment reporter Kirk Montgomery wasn’t offered a full, one-year contract and is leaving for Lansing, Mich.’s WILX. And former 9News sports anchor and Fox31 news anchor Ron Zappolo is returning to 9News in a move that may give Drew Soicher nightmare flashbacks from when he was unceremoniously drummed out of the San Francisco market.

Kyle Clark’s Snow ‘Rant’ Goes National
November 25, 2013, 9:43 am
Filed under: KUSA, TV News

Bravo to 9News anchor Kyle Clark, whose demand for better snow pictures has made it all the way to CNN.

Great Moments in Journalism
October 11, 2013, 3:25 pm
Filed under: Denver Broncos, KUSA

9News cuts to the chase …

Catfight Alert: Fox31 and 9News
May 22, 2013, 8:18 am
Filed under: Fox31, KUSA, TV News

Fox31 and reporter Hendrik Sybrandy may be playing a little defense after 9News fact-checked a recent Fox31 story about an Italian gun manufacturer executive being mistaken for a terrorist and determined the whole thing was a “hoax.

UPDATE: Fox31 has pulled the online version of its story, but not made any statement about why or offered a correction.

10 Questions With … 9News’ Kyle Clark
October 29, 2012, 3:47 pm
Filed under: 10 Questions, KUSA, Politics

9News anchor and investigative reporter Kyle Clark made headlines locally and nationally on Friday with his interview of President Obama as part of a satellite media tour.

Clark’s questions – on the U.S. consulate attack in Benghazi, Libya; stimulus money for the politically connected, Colorado-based Abound Solar; and the lack of civility in the Presidential race – represented a departure from the softball interview questions sitting presidents usually face in local markets.

Kyle graciously agreed to answer some of my emailed questions about the interview and the wide-ranging reactions to it.

Q:  How was the decision made for you to be the one to interview President Obama?

A:  As I understand it, the interview was offered to 9NEWS by President Obama’s campaign and our news director, Patti Dennis, asked me to conduct it. I’m not sure why I was selected; I’m not our political reporter, but like any player called off the bench by the coach, I just tucked in my jersey and hit the court.

Q:  You have developed a reputation for asking hard-hitting questions, particularly as part of the 9Wants to Know investigative team. Did President Obama’s team push back when they learned you would be the one asking the questions?

A:  I’ll be sure to mail you $5 for saying that. If President Obama’s team pushed back about me conducting the interview, I never heard about it.

Q:  How did you prepare for the interview and select the questions you would ask?

A:  I’m a political junkie who follows the campaigns pretty closely so I had a good idea which issues the candidates had already addressed head-on. We have no shortage of canned political messages on-air in Colorado, so my goal was to ask timely, tough, and fair questions that would elicit previously unheard answers on critical issues like Libya, the use of stimulus money and the tone of the race. I wrote out questions the night before the interview and ran them past about 10 people at 9NEWS to ensure that they were fair and addressed issues of interest. The morning of the interview, I adjusted our question on Libya to reflect recent comments made by Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to the Associated Press.

Q:  President Obama’s answers were perhaps a little longer than you might have expected. What were the next two questions you would have asked him if you’d had the time?

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Former 9News Reporter Deborah Sherman Starts PR Firm
August 20, 2012, 3:02 pm
Filed under: KUSA

Former 9News investigative reporter Deborah Sherman has launched Media Zone Consulting, an agency focused on media strategy and crisis communications. She is kicking off her grand opening with a “Mile High PR Boot Camp” on Saturday, August 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

NBC Olympics
August 13, 2012, 1:38 pm
Filed under: KUSA

Former Rocky Mountain News editorial cartoonist Drew Litton offers his view on NBC’s Olympics coverage.

Coffman Ignores 9News, Turns to Post for Redemption Tour
May 28, 2012, 9:30 am
Filed under: Denver Post, KUSA

U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman’s redemption tour continues in The Denver Post. Following his mea culpa Op-Ed Wednesday, the Post’s lead editorial Sunday lauds Coffman and fellow U.S. Rep. Jared Polis for their bipartisan approach to defense budget cuts. 9News’ Kyle Clark can’t be happy that he is being squeezed out of a story that 9News broke and he made national.

Great Moments in Journalism XLV
May 23, 2012, 10:10 am
Filed under: journalism, KUSA, Politics

If your media-training presentation’s example of how not to answer a media question is getting a little dated, here is a new clip you can insert.


Former 9News Reporter Sherman Spokesperson for Birdman Case
May 13, 2012, 5:35 pm
Filed under: KUSA

If the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson handling the case involving Denver Nuggets star Chris “Birdman” Anderson seems familiar, it is because she is former 9News reporter Deborah Sherman. And she knows a thing or two about the legal system.

9News Anchor Kyle Dyer to Return Monday
March 30, 2012, 9:18 am
Filed under: KUSA

Good news: The Denver Post reports that 9News morning anchor Kyle Dyer will return to the airwaves Monday. She has been out on medical leave for the past eight weeks recovering from a dog bit she received during an in-studio interview.

Westword Questions 9News’ Journalistic Integrity on Dyer Dog Video
February 9, 2012, 8:52 am
Filed under: KUSA, Westword

A day after 9News anchor Kyle Dyer was attacked on-camera by a dog, Michael Roberts at Westword contemplates the journalistic integrity of 9News’s decision not to allow anyone – even its own NBC Today Show – to air the clip because it “has been traumatizing for staff members.” Roberts rightly questions whether 9News applies that same standard to individuals not affiliated with the station:

“… Many items shown by TV stations on news broadcasts are traumatizing for the friends and family of the people involved. Think of the late January hit-and-run for which Taylor Jo Mathis was arrested. In that case, 9News and many other outlets in town ran surveillance footage of the car striking two people, with one sent airborne by the impact.”

Video Surfaces of Dog Attack on 9News’ Kyle Dyer
February 8, 2012, 11:41 am
Filed under: KUSA

9News so far has resisted sharing video or photos of the in-studio dog attack on morning anchor Kyle Dyer, but a viewer captured the incident, and has posted it online:

Dog Attacks 9News Anchor Kyle Dyer During Broadcast
February 8, 2012, 8:50 am
Filed under: KUSA

9News morning anchor Kyle Dyer was taken to the hospital this morning for facial wounds suffered when a dog being featured in a news segment attacked her. Kieran Nicholson at The Denver Post has the details.

9News’ Ashton Altieri Departs for Sacramento
January 4, 2012, 3:58 pm
Filed under: KUSA

9News meteorologist Ashton Altieri is on to bigger and better other things. He has been named the weekday morning meteorologist at KXTV in Sacramento.

Great Moments in Journalism XXXVIII
December 15, 2011, 7:53 am
Filed under: KUSA

9News meteorologist Ashton Altieri accidentally hits on the crew at the desk.

Deborah Sherman Leaves 9News
November 21, 2011, 7:04 am
Filed under: KUSA

9News and investigative reporter Deborah Sherman have parted ways, and details are sketchy. Sherman broke her share of stories for the station over the past decade, but it was her involvement in Hampersgate that gave her the most attention.

9News’ Christiansen Named Co-anchor of 9 pm Slot
November 15, 2011, 4:06 pm
Filed under: KUSA

9News officially tapped Kim Christiansen to co-anchor its weeknight 9 p.m. newscast with Kyle Clark. Christiansen replaces Bazi Kanani, who has taken a job with ABC News in Nairobi, Kenya.

9News’ Schrager Bids Farewell to Denver
February 9, 2011, 12:37 pm
Filed under: KUSA

One by one, Denver’s best television political reporters are leaving. First, CBS4’s Raj Chohan leaves to become a lawyer, and now 9News’ Adam Schrager is leaving today for a job in Wisconsin to be closer to family. Let’s hope Adam’s departure is of the Gregg Moss variety, and that Adam is back in Denver in a year or two.

Eli Stokols, you are officially on the clock.

9News’ Kirk Montgomery: ‘It Gets Better’
November 2, 2010, 8:48 am
Filed under: KUSA

A shout out to 9News’ Kirk Montgomery, who had the courage to record an anti-bullying PSA based on his own experience as a teen:

(Hat tip: Bill Husted at the Denver Post)

Debbie Does Denver, Redux
September 7, 2010, 1:47 pm
Filed under: KUSA

What does it take to get over being jilted by 9News reporter Deborah Sherman? Well, 20,000 illegal pain pills is a start.

Debbie Does Denver?
June 30, 2010, 7:41 pm
Filed under: KUSA

9News reporter Deborah Sherman may get more airtime on CBS4, Fox31 and KMGH this week than on her own station after a fling with Dr. Louis Hampers, head of emergency medicine at The Children’s Hospital, resulted in a permanent restraining order. Adding the tabloid fuel to the fire, the judge who granted her restraining order is nicknamed “Herby the Love Judge” and in court he admonished Sherman and Hampers for the “risky behavior” of meeting online at what Westword calls a “swinger website.”

WSJ Praises Political Tome by Schrager, Witwer
May 13, 2010, 4:28 pm
Filed under: KUSA, WSJ

Congratulations to 9News political reporter Adam Schrager and former Colorado House member Rob Witwer for the positive Wall Street Journal review of their new book, “The Blueprint: How the Democrats Won Colorado.”

(Hat tip: Pete Webb)

Preheim on ‘Late Show with David Letterman’
April 20, 2010, 8:37 am
Filed under: KUSA

Congratulations to 9News anchor Cheryl Preheim, whose reporting on Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano was featured last night in a David Letterman bit, “Iceland Volcano Mispronunciation Roundup.

Gregg Moss Returns to 9News … Again
January 13, 2010, 3:14 pm
Filed under: KUSA, TV News

Good news if you are a fan of business reporting. The rumors swirling the past week that former 9News business reporter Gregg Moss would return to the Denver NBC affiliate have proved true, but with a twist. The Denver Business Journal reports Moss will return to 9News in a part-time role, while continuing to work as a business strategy consultant for the company that previously had lured him away, Alem International Management. Over the past decade, Moss has bounced between 9News and positions with the Fort Worth Business Press, Wiesner Publishing and Alem.

Why the Internet Was Invented
January 4, 2010, 9:53 am
Filed under: KUSA

For sites like this.

What’s Behind CBS4’s Surprise Ratings Win?
December 23, 2009, 10:39 am
Filed under: KCNC, KUSA, TV News, Twitter

Congratulations to CBS4, which posted its first 10 p.m. newscast ratings win in years. 9News GM Mark Cornetta blamed his station’s second-place performance on “re-runs, specials and football (that) tend to skew the ratings results at this time of year,” but we all know that the real reason CBS4 landed in first place is because of Misty Montano’s twitter presence.

Bob Kendrick Update, Sponsored by Ohio State
October 22, 2009, 10:53 am
Filed under: Journalism Moves, KUSA

Perpetually underappreciated former 9News anchor/reporter Bob Kendrick’s career death spiral continues. In July, Kendrick took a reporter and occasional weekend anchor position with CHEK News in Vancouver. However, CHEK News was sold to a new owner in September, and Kendrick has now accepted a position as an anchor on the combined ABC/FOX newscast in Columbus, Ohio. Kendrick told the Columbus Dispatch, “I’m thrilled to call central Ohio home. And, yes, I’ve already started practicing my ‘Go Bucks.’ “

Bob Kendrick Update, Sponsored by Moosehead
July 26, 2009, 8:37 pm
Filed under: Journalism Moves, KUSA

My seventh favorite philosopher/theologian Desiderus Erasmus famously said, “In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.” And in that spirit, charisma-challenged former 9News anchor Bob Kendrick has made the move to Canada. Kendrick, whose professional obituary by Westword’s Michael Roberts described him as “steady, reliable and dull,” has landed as a reporter and occasional weekend anchor at CHEK News in Vancouver.

Denver News Channels Unveil ‘Pool Coverage’ System
July 21, 2009, 2:50 pm
Filed under: Fox31, journalism, KCNC, KMGH, KUSA, KWGN/News2, Univision, Webb PR

It’s no secret that the news resources of local television affiliates are stretched thin. Layoffs have hit every station, and the Fox31/WB2 “marketing agreement” looks to be the future of local news. But it was still surprising to see the details that Pete Webb of Webb PR shared of a new “pool coverage” system that Fox31, 9News, KMGH7, CBS4 and Univision are implementing.

Starting today, the five stations will pool coverage of up to three events per day. The pool is on a rotating basis with each station responsible one day a week. The assignment desks will join a conference call each morning at 8:30 a.m. to determine which events will be covered by a pool representative, and the resulting raw video will be sent to all stations at 3 p.m. According to Webb, the arrangement “is intended for newsworthy events that all the stations would customarily cover on their own, such as gubernatorial news conferences, the Mayor’s State of the City, product launches, events.”

Says Webb, “My fervent hope is that we’ll see more enterprise reporting, now that crews are being freed up, but I’m not holding out much hope. More likely, viewers will see more of the same, with identical footage on each broadcast. That doesn’t reward creativity, enterprise, or just good old fashioned newsgathering, and it doesn’t reward the viewer.”

NBC vs. NBC?
July 14, 2009, 9:00 pm
Filed under: KUSA, NBC

I’ve often wondered why NBC, CBS, ABC and Fox don’t simply bypass their cash-strapped local affiliates and offer programming directly to viewers via cable and satellite. If ESPN can charge cable and satellite companies $2.50 per month per subscriber, imagine what the Big 4 could charge (they currently receive nothing). Certainly enough to make up for the 12 percent of the population that they would lose because they still view television via over-the-air signals.

Along those lines, Local Newser takes a look at an interesting trend – NBC purchasing “local” Web site domain names in cities such as Denver where NBC does not own a station. Local Newser’s question: Does NBC intend, perhaps, to use its domain “” to compete locally against 9News/KUSA?

Fox31 Picks Up Meteorologist Nick Carter
June 19, 2009, 7:22 pm
Filed under: Fox31, Journalism Moves, KUSA, Layoffs

Meterologist Nick Carter, who was let go from 9News for salary reasons in January, has landed at Fox31.

Denver Losing City’s Best TV Business Reporter
May 19, 2009, 7:10 am
Filed under: Journalism Moves, KUSA

9News business reporter/anchor Gregg Moss is leaving the station to take the Chief Marketing and Communications Officer position at Alem International Management. Mosss has been at 9News for most of the past decade. The station also announced that reporter Carrie McClure will not return when she takes maternity leave in June. Joanne Ostrow at the Denver Post has all the details.

9News’ Woodward Discusses Her Decision to Leave
April 15, 2009, 12:57 pm
Filed under: KUSA, Westword

Former 9News investigative reporter Paula Woodward talks to Michael Roberts of Westword about her decision to leave the station after 32 years.

9News’ Paula Woodward Announces Her Departure
April 13, 2009, 4:36 pm
Filed under: Journalism Moves, KCNC, KUSA

It took nearly a week to become official, but the Denver Post is now reporting that 9News’ investigative reporter Paula Woodward is leaving the station after 32 years. No official word on CBS4’s Reggie Rivers yet.

Woodward, Rivers Latest TV News Casualties?
April 9, 2009, 10:48 am
Filed under: Journalism Moves, KCNC, KUSA, Layoffs

We’ve heard rumors for several days that 9News is dumping investigative reporter Paula Woodward, and now the rumor mill has Reggie Rivers out as CBS4’s weekend sports anchor. We’re starting a pool for the last Denver news personality over age 30.

9News’ Lucas Bids Farewell After 32 Years
March 10, 2009, 4:47 pm
Filed under: Journalism Moves, KUSA

We noted a couple of weeks ago that anchor/reporter Ward Lucas had decided to retire rather than accept another contract from 9News, but it was overshadowed that day by Scripps’ announcement that it would close the Rocky. Today, Joanne Ostrow at the Denver Post provides the details behind Ward’s decision.

Two More Losses For Denver Television News
February 26, 2009, 8:02 pm
Filed under: KCNC, KUSA, Layoffs

9News anchor/reporter Ward Lucas has decided to leave the station, and will anchor his last broadcast this weekend. Also, CBS4 is outsourcing its helicopter operations and, as a result, pilot/personality Mike Silva is being let go. Joanne Ostrow at the Denver Post has the details on both.

9News’ Wargin Emerges as a Winner in the Westword Catfight
February 12, 2009, 8:21 am
Filed under: KUSA, Westword

9News sports anchor Susie Wargin wins the public relations diplomacy award for her classy response to a rant that appeared in Westword media critic Michael Roberts’s blog that was written by Roberts’ 15-year-old daughter. Wargin has learned what too many CEOs have not yet – you are almost never sorry later on for having taken the high road.

9News’ Nick Carter Latest Media Casualty
January 26, 2009, 2:09 pm
Filed under: KUSA, Layoffs

9News meteorologist Nick Carter is the latest Denver television news personality to be axed due to the tough economy. Carter’s contract will not be renewed, and his last day on air will be this Friday. Joanne Ostrow at the Denver Post has the details.

Great Moments in Journalism (Promos) XII
January 22, 2009, 8:27 pm
Filed under: KUSA

Gannett May Furlough 9News, My20, Coloradoan Employees
January 15, 2009, 9:16 am
Filed under: Gannett, KUSA, Layoffs

Gannett, the nation’s largest newspaper publisher and owner of 9News (KUSA-TV), My20 (KTVD-TV) and the Fort Collins Coloradoan, announced it will “force thousands of its employees to take a week off without pay in an effort to avoid layoffs.” So we may find out who’s at the bottom of the totem pole at 9News in the coming weeks if the cuts extend to on-air talent.

AirTracker 8?
January 5, 2009, 12:55 pm
Filed under: KMGH, KUSA

9News and 7News have reached an agreement to share a news helicopter and on-board cameraman, a move that will help the stations control costs.

NBC Axes Former 9News Sports Anchor Kevin Corke
December 8, 2008, 5:38 pm
Filed under: KUSA, Layoffs, NBC

And the hits just keep coming. Former 9News sports anchor Kevin Corke has been laid off from NBC’s Washington bureau where he served as the network’s Sunday White House reporter. Corke, who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from CU-Boulder, left 9News for ESPN, and later joined NBC. Corke’s NBC colleagues Bob Faw and Jeannie Ohm also were let go.

Dusty Saunders 2.0
November 28, 2008, 4:39 pm
Filed under: KCNC, KMGH, KUSA, Layoffs, Rocky Mountain News

“Retired” Rocky Mountain News media reporter Dusty Saunders is getting more column inches than … well, name a reporter who still works there. First, Dusty names names (and salaries) on Bob Kendrick’s departure from 9News. Then, Dusty is the first to report that 9News is offering buyouts to employees older than 55 years who have 10 years or more with the station.

And if that weren’t enough, Dusty today digs into the most recent four-week rating period that were measured by “Local People Meters,” the A.C. Nielsen’s new electronic measurement technology. The results:

10 p.m. Monday-Sunday Newscasts

1. 9News/NBC - 16.8 (+0.2 from 2007)

2CBS4 - 11.5 (-2.5 from 2007)

3. KMGH/ABC – 9.9 (-1.0 from 2007)

Catfight Alert: Bob Kendrick vs. Dusty Saunders
November 11, 2008, 6:36 pm
Filed under: KUSA, Layoffs, Rocky Mountain News

It looks like Bob Kendrick is no fan of Dusty Saunders after Dusty guesstimated (incorrectly, Bob asserts) the salaries of various Denver TV newsers. And, no, Steve Saunders wasn’t among those whose salaries were listed.

Less-Expensive Mark Koebrich to Replace Bob Kendrick
November 3, 2008, 10:28 pm
Filed under: Journalism Moves, KUSA, Layoffs

Dusty Saunders at the Rocky Mountain News conducts the most extensive post mortem to date on Bob Kendrick’s departure from 9News, and concludes that he is a victim of the sagging economy. Dusty also guesstimates the annual salaries of various local news personalities:

  • Jim Benemann, CBS4 – $700,000
  • Adele Arakawa 9News – $500,000
  • Bob Kendrick, 9News – $400,000
  • Mike Nelson, Channel 7 – $400,000
  • Kathy Sabine, 9News – $400,000

Westword: Kendrick’s ‘Steady, Reliable and Dull’ Act Never Caught On with Denver Viewers
October 29, 2008, 7:26 am
Filed under: Journalism Moves, KUSA, Westword

Michael Roberts at Westword weighs in on 9News’ curious decision to dump half its top-rated anchor team. Meanwhile, 9News news director Patti Dennis is blaming tough economic times for the decision not to renew Bob Kendrick’s contract (as if his contract was anywhere near those of castmates Adele Arakawa, Kathy Sabine and Drew Soicher), and she says she has “no idea” who Adele Arakawa’s co-anchor will be (or whether she will even have one) going forward. If anyone sees Ernie Bjorkman delivering a bouquet of flowers to Dennis, let us know.


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