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Silver Circle Honoree Dave Jensch

David Jensch is a native of southern Minnesota. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communications from St. Cloud State University and was hired in 1978 at KBJR TV as a general assignment reporter.

David worked as a general assignment reporter and an investigative reporter as well as anchor, producer and assignment editor before being promoted to news director in 1986. During his tenure as news director KBJR transformed itself into a market leader with a strong public service commitment and a national reputation, winning multiple Emmy Awards and an Edward
R. Murrow Award for Station of Excellence.

David’s innovations include the 1992 launch of KBJR’s I-Team-6, the only full time investigative unit in the Duluth-Superior market, and one of a few operating in small-market television stations in the country. The station’s I-Team received national attention in 1994 after an investigative report on automobile safety resulted in a limited recall of several types of General Motors vehicles.

David helped KBJR become the first Duluth TV station to computerize, the first to publish online, the first to convert to non-linear editing, and the first to produce news on a second broadcast channel.

KBJR doubled the number of daily newscasts it produced in the time David was news director and was frequently awarded Newscast of the Year honors by regional broadcast organizations. The station was recognized for its public service commitment and produced regular documentaries on issues important to the community. David received a City of Duluth Achievement Award for ‘Our Sister’s Children’, KBJR’s two-year project to expose the plight of orphans living in Duluth’s sister city in Russia.

In 2004 David was promoted to Vice President and Station Manager of KBJR and the following year he assumed the leadership of KDLH through Granite Broadcasting’s shared services agreement with Malara Broadcasting. The coming together of these two broadcast powerhouses resulted in a new organization, the Northland’s NewsCenter. The Northland’s NewsCenter expanded KDLH and KBJR’s historic support of local programming by adding local newscasts in new time periods and launching the weekly public affairs program, Northland Voices and the weekly sports highlight show, SportsZone.

The Northland NewsCenter has brought local high school and college sports back to Duluth television with live game telecasts of University of Minnesota-Duluth football, high school football and hockey and the return of UMD men’s and women’s hockey to local broadcast television.

Under David’s leadership the Northland’s NewsCenter provides an unprecedented level of support to local non-profit organizations including Grandma’s Marathon, the Duluth- Superior Symphony Orchestra, the March of Dimes, the United Way and many other worthy organizations and causes.

David is an active community volunteer and currently serves as Past Chair of the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He also serves on the Duluth Mayor’s Green Jobs Steering Committee, the LISC Community Initiative Board and the Communications Advisory Board for St. Cloud State University.

In 2009 he received the ‘Friend of the University’ Award from St. Cloud State for contributions to the University Scholarship Fund for minority students in broadcasting and mass communications. In 2010 he received the Marsh Nelson Media Award for support of Grandmas Marathon.

He lives in Esko with his wife, Dawn, and two children where he continues to be active in life sports. He is a cross country skier and avid biker and he has coached little league baseball and fast pitch softball for over ten years.

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