A First First Appearance

By: Don Ward
By: Don Ward

My TV debut at KKTV was in February of 2006, but that wasn't my debut on Southern Colorado TV.

It took a long time, but now I'm where I should be.

On September 1st, 1991, a small plane went down in a field east of Colorado Springs.  I think everyone was OK.  I know about it because I covered it. It was the first story I was sent to on my first night as a reporter in Southern Colorado.  That job was at krdo. I had been a weekend anchor at KSWO-TV, the ABC affiliate in Lawton, Oklahoma (the same station where 11 News morning anchor Stacia Naquin worked before she joined us here).  There was an opening for a night time reporter at krdo and I got it.  I actually had to take a slight pay cut, but it was worth it to move to my home town.

I spent the next three and a half years at that station, promoted early on to weekend anchor, and I'm proud of so much of the work I did in that time.  Eventually in mid-1995 I had to leave the job and move on to move up.  Sometimes that's how it works in the TV business.  If you get promoted as high as you're going to get at a particular station, the only path is out.  I hated to leave Colorado Springs, but I was not quite 30 years old and I needed to make some career progress. 

Eventually it all worked out very well. I'm back in Southern Colorado, back in my home town, and exactly where I should be.  Still, I met a lot of people for the first time that day in 1991. Most of them are long gone, many of them became great friends over those years, some of them I still contact regularly.  I should keep in better touch with more of them. 

It was a long time before I made my second TV debut in Southern Colorado ( if there can be such a thing as a second debut). I still get approached by viewers who remember me from the first stint, and watch me on 11 News now. I really appreciate that. 

 So much has happened in the past 18 years. I had two good jobs in the Midwest. I spent five great years chasing breaking news as a nightside, lead-story type reporter a channel 2 in Denver. I thought I was going to stick with that for a long time. Then this incredible opportunity at KKTV came along and I jumped at it. This job opened up exactly as my contract year in Denver was ending, so I was available to take it. In this business that kind of fortunate timing never happens!

So much has happened since that first debut, 18 years ago today, and with this position as the ending, I wouldn't change any of it.

We'll talk again soon.


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