Siouxland News announces new evening co-anchor: Jen Austin
By Diana Castillo
Siouxland News announces new evening co-anchor: Jen Austin joins Larry Wentz on Siouxland News on KMEG 14 weeknights at 5 p.m. and 10 p.m., and weeknights at 9 p.m. on FOX 44. For immediate release (July 18th, 2014): Steve Scollard, General Manager of KMEG 14, FOX 44, and This 44.2-Televsion announced today that Jen Austin will be joining the Siouxland News team as evening co-anchor starting Monday, July 21st. Steve Scollard: "Everyone at KMEG 14 and FOX 44 is excited to have Jen Austin joining us as co-anchor with the incomparable Larry Wentz. Jen comes to us with a terrific reporting and anchoring pedigree. We are especially excited for the viewers of Siouxland. We are extremely confident that once they get to know Jen like we do, viewers will make Siouxland News their choice for all of their local news, weather and sports information!" Diana Castillo, News Director for Siouxland News: "Our news team is thrilled to have Jen Austin as the newest addition to our news team, she has an extensive reporting and anchoring background and we are excited for the new special reports she will be sharing with our viewers" Jen is originally from St. George, Utah, where she worked as morning co-host on Fox News radio. She comes to Sioulxand News most recently from ABC affiliate KIFI in Idaho Falls, Idaho, where she was a morning/midday anchor. Jen has worked as a features writer, crime writer, political writer and investigative reporter. She was the sports editor at the Park Record in Park City, Utah, covering pre-Olympic qualifiers and local sports. She later worked as the managing editor for Today in Dixie and executive editor for The Davis County Clipper. In 2010, Jen founded St. George News, the largest online news site in Washington County, Utah. Jen is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and previous board member for the Utah Headliners Chapter. She is a former board member for CASA and former Mrs. Idaho. She spends her free time helping her children learn the importance of volunteerism. Prior to becoming a journalist, she served in the United States Air Force as a police officer. She is happily married to her soul mate who is a combat correspondent in the Marine Corps. Together; they are raising two incredible boys. Jen Austin: "My family has been incredibly thrilled with the warm reception we have received upon arriving to town. We were excited to discover firsthand how friendly the community is and to see the amount of family-friendly events being offered in the area. The Siouxland community and the team at Siouxland News have already made us grateful to call this 'home.'"
KMEG 14 and Fox 44 are the news sources for Northwest Iowa, Northeast Nebraska and Southeast South Dakota. Including North Sioux City, Sioux City, Dakota Dunes, Dakota City, Sergeant Bluff, Elk Point, Le Mars, Jefferson, Vermillion, Yankton, Hawarden, Orange City, Sheldon, Cherokee, Wayne, Storm Lake. Sioux Center, Spencer, Okoboji, Norfolk, Denison, South Sioux City, Onawa.