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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
The forecasters, however, have sunny dispositions.
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 >>
When it comes to travel, news organizations are asking themselves: Should we stay or should we go?
Putting the high back into the Mile High City.
From the week of 8/23/2007
9News tries its hand at television 2.0.
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 >>
Media outlets disagree about naming a suicidal attorney before police released his name. Did the public have a right to know?
More newspaper reporters are taking the leap to TV -- a move some print pros still see as consorting with the enemy.
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 >>
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 >>
Channel 4 plans to phase out videotape in the coming year. Could the jobs of people who work with it be next?
Business news is falling on local TV.
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 >>
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 >>
The Post offers staffers money to leave.
Immigration issues deal the media a tough hand.
Did a story about contaminated waste play dirty?
Do tape delays slow the 24-hour news cycle?
Ticket Not to Ride
A hard-nosed TV reporter is peddling a new line -- of cosmetics.
The Denver Post and Channel 9 work to turn their media partnership into a beautiful marriage.
Libertarian candidates would rather not use stunts to get media attention -- but they will if they have to.
Are gays fair game for jokes on Denver radio?
How did bogus information about a Boulder crash wind up going national?
Bleeped words and dropped balls mark the media frenzy around the suspension of Dan Issel.
War is fueling the star power of Colorado's -- and possibly the nation's -- ballsiest military analyst.
How does the media get back to normal when no one can say what normal is?
Local reporters aren't digging into a hot strip-club case, despite its connection to Broncos star Terrell Davis.
Boulder's KGNU finds a way to survive in the cutthroat radio world.