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Friday, July 18, 2008

Jason's Final Day at KPIC-TV in Roseburg

As of Friday, July 18, 2008, I will no longer be at KPIC Television in Roseburg, Oregon. I have decided to move on and I have exciting opportunities I am pursuing in the near future in media and entertainment. Stay tuned to this blog as I hope to keep you posted on what I'm doing.

I have enjoyed an exciting eight years at KPIC, working most of those years as a news and sports anchor and reporter. Only News Director Dan Bain remains from the original team that I worked with beginning in June 2000. The other reporters at the time included seasoned veteran Tami Sanders, who had previously won two Emmy awards for her work in Salt Lake City; video reporter Lee Carter; tenacious Mary Brandenberger, who eventually worked at KVAL in Eugene and several other stations before returning to her native Arizona; and Bain, who has anchored the evening news at KPIC since 1992.

It was tough in the beginning, having come from a radio background and knowing nothing about the visual aspect of journalism. Over the past eight years I've honed my skills in reporting and anchoring, video production, and control room duties where I eventually directed newscasts behind the scenes. It has been quite a rollercoaster ride and I never stopped learning.

I left the airwaves in April 2007 to concentrate on other aspects of the broadcast industry. I spent six months working as an Account Executive, promoting the station to potential clients, many of whom eventually purchased advertising on our station. For the final four months I worked in the Commercial Production Department, learning even more video production skills and techniques. These skills taught me a lot about cinema-style production and will be valuable in my future endeavors.

My final team photo, with Dan Bain, Melva Mackey, myself, & Sara Desautel in 2006

I'd like to thank the countless news journalists who made KPIC a stop on their career journey and shared with me their insights and knowledge. In addition to those mentioned above, there were several others that I had a great time working with and getting to know: Jill Ryan, Jeanny Lee, Melva Mackey, Brook Roberts, Brandi Smith, Sophie Soong, Scott Littlejohn, Meghan Kalkstein, Sara Desautel, Megan Sweeney and Lindsey Kovacevich. I am sure there are others that escape my mind at the moment, but I learned from everyone and I consider all of these people friends. If those of you mentioned ever visit my page, shoot me an email and let me know what you're up to.

But now on to other things. I hope to tell you about what I'm working on now in the next month or so. I hope you'll stick around and check back soon!

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