THE WRITTEN WARD - 11 at 11

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - This week marks 11 years for me at KKTV 11 News. I couldn’t be happier to be here!

My family moved to Colorado Springs when I was 12. My dad was in the US Air Force and we lived a lot of places when I was a kid. Dad retired in 1980, two years after we arrived in Colorado Springs, and we stayed here. I consider myself to be from Colorado Springs even if I wasn’t born here.

I went to Sabin Jr. High (now Middle School) and Doherty High School, then on to CU in Boulder.

My TV career took me all over the country, including a stint as the weekend anchor at a different station in Colorado Springs. Eventually I was working as a reporter and fill-in anchor and KWGN in Denver – what was then WB-2. I thought I was going to stay there for a long time.

Then, in late 2005 I heard that KKTV was looking for a main anchor. That was the one job I always thought could lure me away from Denver and back to my home town. I interviewed, auditioned and got the gig!

That was 11 years ago now. It has been an absolute pleasure to work here, first with Shannon Brinias and then with Dianne Derby. Brian Bledsoe has been a constant and John Owens, Jesse Kurtz and Sam Farnsworth have all been wonderful colleagues on the sports side.

I work with and for wonderful people at KKTV 11 News. I worked very hard to get to this spot and I feel lucky to have the job I have. I hope to do it for many more years. Here's a picture taken about 8 years ago, I think, and another one taken today.


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Thanks to all of you who are our 11 News viewers. You make it possible for all of us to enjoy living in Southern Colorado and serving our community as best we can, every day.

We’ll talk again soon.

Don


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