Patti Dennis

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    April 23, 2014

    Susie Wargin, sportscaster, latest 9News veteran to announce departure from station

    Last week, we noted the impending departure of entertainment reporter Kirk Montgomery from 9News. Now, another veteran station staffer is headed out the door: sportscaster Susie Wargin, who's been a staple on the station's top-rated morning show for a decade. Wargin's leaving the outlet, and the br ... More >>

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    August 8, 2013
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    April 11, 2013
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    February 23, 2012

    Kyle Dyer dog bite: Kirk Montgomery on Facebook controversy, her condition

    While covering the fallout from the Kyle Dyer/9News on-air dog bite incident, we noted the disappearance of a controversial Facebook post by staffer Kirk Montgomery and wondered if he'd been pressured to remove it. News director Patti Dennis denied any censorship and called such speculation "immoral ... More >>

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    February 22, 2012

    Kyle Dyer dog bite: 9News exec denies muzzling staff, defends coverage

    Yesterday, in a followup to our items about the Kyle Dyer/9News on-air dog bite incident, we wrote about the disappearance of a critical Facebook post by staffer Kirk Montgomery, and wondered if the station had censored it. This post incensed news director Patti Dennis, who categorically denies any ... More >>

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    February 9, 2012

    Kyle Dyer dog-bite fallout: Is the video news?

    The video of 9News morning anchor Kyle Dyer being bitten in the face by a rescued Argentine Mastiff yesterday morning has led to an enormous amount of debate in our comment section. But the clip has also raised questions about whether 9News tried to squelch use and distribution of the shocking foot ... More >>

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    February 9, 2012

    Kyle Dyer dog-bite story on Today show: 9News fighting to keep footage off Internet

    Patti Dennis.​This morning, the Today show is reporting on the Kyle Dyer dog bite without running video of the actual incident. Why not? The story, on view below, announces that NBC -- the parent network of 9News -- has decided not to feature the footage, and adds that the Denver station has ... More >>

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    November 18, 2011

    Deborah Sherman's departure from 9News powers up the rumor mill

    Deborah Sherman.​Yesterday, Patti Dennis, news director at 9News, sent an e-mail to staff informing them that correspondent Deborah Sherman, who'd been at the station for nearly a decade, was no longer an employee -- and assistant news director Tim Ryan declines to add details. This dearth of ... More >>

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    February 23, 2011

    Raymond Allen Davis: Feds asked 9News not to mention CIA link in Pakistan murder case

    Davis.​Update below: The story of Raymond Allen Davis, the Highlands Ranch man accused of murder in Pakistan, has made international news due to the U.S. government's claim of immunity on his behalf. We now know Davis is a CIA security contractor -- a story initially broken by 9News, although ... More >>

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    January 18, 2010

    Gregg Moss returns to 9News following mysterious Jason Martinez situation

    Gregg Moss has come and gone and come back again.​Late last year, Jason Martinez, a veteran of KTLA in Los Angeles, was hired as the new business reporter at Channel 9. But after briefly appearing on December 16, he vanished -- and executives at the station decline to explain why. Channel 9 ne ... More >>

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    October 19, 2009

    TV exec to Balloon Boy dad Richard Heene: "I don't believe you"

    Authorities thought this thing could carry a boy? It doesn't look like it could carry a Twinkie...​The fame and fortune about which Balloon Boy dad Richard Heene was apparently dreaming looks to have flown away. But while Larimer County officials took a couple of days before voicing their doub ... More >>

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    April 15, 2009

    Paula Woodward opens up -- a little -- about her decision to leave 9News

    Investigative reporter Paula Woodward, who confirmed this week that she's leaving Channel 9, has learned a few things during her 32 years on the job about how not to provide information -- or at least not any more of it than she'd like. When asked, for example, if the current economic difficulties a ... More >>

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    January 28, 2009

    7News/9News helicopter-sharing agreement finally official

    The January 5 blog "Rocky Mountain News Jumps the Gun on Shared-Helicopter Story" offered the anatomy of an announcement that was premature in more ways than one. On December 30, a Channel 7 rep sent out a press release about a pact between 7News and Channel 9, its longtime rival, to share a single ... More >>

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    August 19, 2008
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    June 26, 2008

    Cloudy Weather at Denver Meteorologist Conference

    The forecasters, however, have sunny dispositions.

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    May 9, 2008

    Traveling With the Denver Media

    The process of researching virtually every article produces far more material than can possibly fit into the finished piece -- and a lot of the leftovers are every bit as interesting as the stuff that makes the final cut. That was certainly the case for the May 8 Message column, which dealt with cut ... More >>

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    May 8, 2008

    Olympics Travel a Hurdle for Local News Media

    When it comes to travel, news organizations are asking themselves: Should we stay or should we go?

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    April 3, 2008

    Mayor Hickenlooper and Governor Ritter Inhaled!

    Putting the high back into the Mile High City.

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    August 23, 2007

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of 8/23/2007

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    August 16, 2007

    You on the Tube

    9News tries its hand at television 2.0.

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    July 12, 2007

    9News Opens the Information Center

    The Denver Post, whose newsroom reorganization plan is detailed in this More Messages blog, isn't the only local media outlet giving longtime staffers new responsibilities. KUSA-TV/Channel 9, the Post's print/synergy partner, has also done some shifting, owing to a new initiative from its parent com ... More >>

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    March 8, 2007

    Split Decision

    Media outlets disagree about naming a suicidal attorney before police released his name. Did the public have a right to know?

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    March 1, 2007

    Life Swap

    More newspaper reporters are taking the leap to TV -- a move some print pros still see as consorting with the enemy.

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    January 29, 2007

    More Messages: Logos A-Go-Go

    This January 26 blog tells of an odd occurrence the previous night on Channel 9. During two sitcoms, Scrubs and 30 Rock, 9News logos briefly blinked on the screen several times, leading one observer to wonder if the station was engaging in subliminal gamesmanship. Definitely not, says Channel 9 new ... More >>

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    January 26, 2007

    More Messages: Subliminal Imagery

    Here's how cool I am. Last night, I was at home with my family, watching 30 Rock, Tina Fey's amusing sitcom (Alec Baldwin rules), on Channel 9. Suddenly, in the middle of the broadcast, my son, Nick, noticed something flash in the middle of the screen. Shortly thereafter, the rest of us caught simil ... More >>

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    November 16, 2006

    Tape Heads

    Channel 4 plans to phase out videotape in the coming year. Could the jobs of people who work with it be next?

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    October 19, 2006


    Business news is falling on local TV.

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    October 12, 2006

    More Messages: Truth Testing

    This week's Message column deals with the process by which political ads reach the airwaves at local TV stations. But at two Denver outlets, the sort of fact checking that's done by folks on the business side is supplemented by further scrutiny from journalists in the editorial department. As such, ... More >>

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    April 28, 2006

    More Messages: 9News Wants to Know (Sometimes)

    In the April 27 Message column, Channel 9 news director Patti Dennis explained why her station didn't offer any advance coverage of an April 19 student walkout to protest immigration policies; approximately 2,500 young people left school to participate. According to her, she feared that "we would be ... More >>

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    April 27, 2006


    The Post offers staffers money to leave.

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    January 26, 2006

    Race Card

    Immigration issues deal the media a tough hand.

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    October 27, 2005


    Did a story about contaminated waste play dirty?

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    October 13, 2005


    Do tape delays slow the 24-hour news cycle?

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    August 25, 2005
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    June 30, 2005

    The Message

    Big Feat

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    December 9, 2004

    The Message

    Dead Pool

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    November 18, 2004

    The Message

    About Face

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    April 8, 2004

    The Message

    Early Shift

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    February 5, 2004

    The Message

    Ticket Not to Ride

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    February 20, 2003

    The Message

    A hard-nosed TV reporter is peddling a new line -- of cosmetics.

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    October 31, 2002

    Let's Get Together

    The Denver Post and Channel 9 work to turn their media partnership into a beautiful marriage.

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    August 22, 2002

    Minor Threat

    Libertarian candidates would rather not use stunts to get media attention -- but they will if they have to.

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    June 6, 2002

    Not-So-Funny Business

    Are gays fair game for jokes on Denver radio?

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    May 2, 2002

    Off Limits

    Iced out

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    January 17, 2002

    The Plane Truth

    How did bogus information about a Boulder crash wind up going national?

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    December 20, 2001

    He Got Blame

    Bleeped words and dropped balls mark the media frenzy around the suspension of Dan Issel.

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    November 8, 2001

    Bombs Away

    War is fueling the star power of Colorado's -- and possibly the nation's -- ballsiest military analyst.

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    September 20, 2001

    As the Smoke Clears

    How does the media get back to normal when no one can say what normal is?

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    May 31, 2001

    Stripped Down

    Local reporters aren't digging into a hot strip-club case, despite its connection to Broncos star Terrell Davis.

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    March 15, 2001

    The Little Station That Could

    Boulder's KGNU finds a way to survive in the cutthroat radio world.

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