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R.J. McElroy Trust Receives 2016 Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber Cedar Valley Partner Award

Accepting the award was Mike Young.

Accepting the award was Mike Young.

The Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber presented their Annual Awards on Thursday, March 31, 2016. The R.J. McElroy Trust received the Cedar Valley Partner Award.

The R.J. McElroy Trust was founded in Waterloo in 1965 through the generosity of R.J. McElroy, KWWL-TV broadcasting pioneer. Upon his death a trust fund was established to be used “for the education and benefit of deserving young people.”

Since then, the Trust has funded a broad range of educational programs – including scholarships, fellowships, internships, student loan funds and numerous other projects to benefit youth of all ages. The lives of literally thousands of young people in Northeastern Iowa have been influenced. The trust has funded capital projects that many consider regional “landmarks” as well as smaller neighborhood and community ballparks.

In the 15-county region, more than $60.4 million has been awarded since the trust started making grants in 1980. In 2015, the Trust granted nearly $2 million. Recent projects include:  Schindler Education Center renovation project at the University of Northern Iowa; Cedar Valley Makerspace, and EMBARC for Burma-origin teen programs and leadership.

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Jim McKernan Vice President and General Manager KWWL Television Inc. in Support of Hawkeye Community College

HI, I’M KWWL GENERAL MANAGER JIM McKERNAN.

TOMORROW, VOTERS IN TEN COUNTIES WILL VOTE ON A 25 MILLION DOLLAR BOND ISSUE TO UPGRADE SERVICES AND FACILITIES AT HAWKEYE COMMUNITY COLLEGE.

HAWKEYE NEEDS THESE UPGRADES TO REMAIN COMPETITIVE IN OUR GLOBAL ECONOMY, PREPARING IOWANS FOR THE WORKFORCE OF THE 21ST CENTURY.

UNDER STATE LAW, GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS ARE THE PRIMARY FUNDING MECHANISM FOR COMMUNITY COLLEGES.

HAWKEYE SERVES MORE THAN 18-THOUSAND PEOPLE ANNUALLY, HAS 50 CAREER PROGRAMS AND HAS BEEN NAMED A “MILITARY FRIENDLY SCHOOL” SIX YEARS RUNNING.

THE COLLEGE IS A RESPECTED COMMUNITY PARTNER – IT HELPS ITS GRADUATES OBTAIN JOBS IN THEIR FIELD OF STUDY.. AND MOST IMPORTANT – 94% OF HAWKEYE GRADUATES STAY IN IOWA.

WE BELIEVE HAWKEYE COMMUNITY COLLEGE TO BE A VITAL ASSET TO OUR REGION.

AN EXISTING LEVY IS ENDING AND THIS MEASURE DOESN’T INCREASE THE OVERALL TAX RATE OF THE COLLEGE.

SO I HOPE VOTERS IN BLACK HAWK, BENTON, BREMER, BUCHANAN, BUTLER, CHICKASAW, FAYETTE, FLOYD, GRUNDY AND TAMA COUNTIES GIVE IT THEIR FULL CONSIDERATION.  VOTE YES.

 

Jim McKernan

Vice President and General Manager

KWWL Television Inc.

KWWL to Broadcast Three Iowa Debates Governor, Senate and 1st Congressional District Debates Scheduled

 

As a critical election day approaches for the state, KWWL stays on top of the important races. The station will be broadcasting debates for the Governor’s, Senate and 1st Congressional district races in October.

“Iowans take their politics very seriously,” said Jim McKernan, Vice-President and General Manager of KWWL. “Broadcasting these debates provides viewers the opportunity to hear the candidates without the spin and make an informed decision.”

The Senate debate will be broadcast on Saturday, October 11th at 7pm. KWWL’s Ron Steele will be present as one of the debate moderators.

The governor’s debate will be broadcast on Tuesday, October 14th at 7pm. Ron Steele will be present as one moderator.

KWWL will host the 1st Congressional debate in their studio on Saturday, October 18th at 7pm. Ron Steele and Amanda Goodman will act as moderators along with reporters from the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier and Dubuque Telegraph-Herald, KWWL’s coverage partner.

“Covering state politics is critically important,” said Shane Moreland, KWWL News Director. “As journalists, it’s our obligation to provide this important service to voters. Having local anchors and reporters involved as moderators ensures that the concerns and questions of Iowans will be addressed.”

KWWL also plans to solicit questions from voters via social media. Those interested in submitting questions for consideration during the debates should closely monitor the station’s Facebook and Twitter feeds.

Complete rules and guidelines for the KWWL hosted debate can be found on the station’s website, www.kwwl.com.

QNI is a privately held family owned company with roots in the newspaper business dating back to 1835.  Quincy Newspapers, Inc. was formed in 1926 with the merger of The Quincy Herald and The Quincy Whig-Journal.

The company owns and operates NBC affiliates in Quincy and Rockford Illinois, Waterloo and Sioux City, Iowa, Rochester, Minnesota and Bluefield, West Virginia. QNI also operates ABC affiliates in Madison, La Crosse, Eau Claire, Wausau and Eagle River, Wisconsin and a FOX affiliate in South Bend, Indiana.  QNI operates another FOX affiliate in Rochester, Minnesota under a shared services agreement.  QNI also owns and operates an AM-FM radio combination in Quincy and daily/Sunday newspapers in Quincy, Illinois and Newton, New Jersey.

KWWL Building to Undergo Major Renovation

Remodeling project points facility toward the future with a nod to the past

6 June 2013 – KWWL today announced plans to renovate the historic KWWL building in downtown Waterloo. The building, located at 500 East 4th Street, has been the home of KWWL since 1958. The announcement stems from an exhaustive review conducted by the company over the past year to assess the facilities and the feasibility of renovation or relocation to another site. It was determined that the present and future needs of the company could be satisfied in the current location.

The station and building are owned by Quincy Newspapers, Inc., a private, family-owned company that operates 12 television stations, two radio stations and two newspapers. Quincy acquired KWWL in 2006.

This decision will launch an extensive, multi-million dollar two-phased rehabilitation and modernization program. The building is a four-story structure comprising 55,000 square feet and is considered an historic landmark of downtown Waterloo.

Phase One plans will include restoration of the building’s exterior, including the first-floor glass façade. Concurrently, the existing facilities of the television station will be brought up to contemporary broadcasting requirements. These plans call for first- and second-floor interior renovation. Phase Two of the project will involve renovation of the building’s third and fourth floor. The exact details of the Phase Two renovation are still in the planning stage.

The building, originally called the Overland Hanson Building, was built in 1914 and was a car dealership noted for its four floors of automobiles and service. The building still contains the oversized freight elevator used for transporting automobiles from floor to floor. Later, the building was known as the Insurance Building before becoming the KWWL Building in 1958.

Quincy is seeking federal and state historic designation for the property along with local support from the city of Waterloo. The company will begin the project upon successful completion of the historic tax credit application.

“KWWL is a Waterloo institution and the decision to remain in our building and in the city of Waterloo is important for the city and for us,” said KWWL Vice President and General Manager Jim McKernan. “KWWL covers a 21-county area encompassing

Contact: Jim McKernan , V.P. General Manager,  Phone: 319-291-1200.

 

Amanda Goodman Joins KWWL Family

Amanda Goodman will join Ron Steele next month as co-anchor of the KWWL News at Five, Six and Ten.

A native of Pennsylvania, Goodman has worked as a reporter and anchor for more than 10 years at stations in Texas and North Carolina. She also served as a journalism instructor at West Texas A&M University.

As an anchor and mother, Amanda is very much in tune with issues facing both parents and children. Her AnchorMOM blog, along with numerous stories she has produced over the past few years, focused on important matters for both groups. Goodman’s most significant effort has been “The Bully Project,” a social media- fueled initiative that gave voice to the victims, and held accountable those responsible. “Giving kids who are bullied a voice is the number one priority for me. No child should ever be afraid to ride a school bus, go to school or go out on the playground.”

Goodman looks forward to bringing her passion for news to the Midwest. “I’m incredibly excited to come to Eastern Iowa and be a part of a station and region with such rich history,” said Goodman. “I have been nothing but impressed by the quality and caliber of the people in this organization.”

“It’s not an easy position to fill,” said Dan Schillinger, KWWL News Director. “But Amanda has the skills and the qualities we look for in a lead anchor. Her style and stories fit well with what we do here.”

A mother of two, Amanda and her husband enjoy spending their free time playing sports in the backyard and coming together on Sunday for special family meals.  An avid football fan, Goodman closely follows Notre Dame and the Philadelphia Eagles. “Both of my children were baptized wearing Fighting Irish booties. I look forward to having debates with Mark Schnackenberg about his Steelers.”

“Amanda is an excellent fit for our viewers.” Said Jim McKernan, V.P. and General Manager at KWWL. “She has a solid journalistic background and a level of dedication to causes that matter to so many in our viewing area.”

“As a mom, I have a “vision” of the ideal place my children would grow up in.” Goodman added. “I never truly thought it existed until coming to Eastern Iowa. The moment I stepped off the plane, it felt like home.”

Goodman begins at KWWL on July 8, and will take her place on the anchor desk on July 31.

QNI is a privately held family owned company with roots in the newspaper business dating back to 1835.  Quincy Newspapers, Inc. was formed in 1926 with the merger of The Quincy Herald and The Quincy Whig-Journal.

The company owns and operates NBC affiliates in Quincy and Rockford Illinois, Waterloo and Sioux City, Iowa, Rochester, Minnesota and Bluefield, West Virginia. QNI also operates ABC affiliates in Madison, La Crosse, Eau Claire, Wausau and Eagle River, Wisconsin and a FOX affiliate in South Bend, Indiana.  QNI operates another FOX affiliate in Rochester, Minnesota under a shared services agreement.  QNI also owns and operates an AM-FM radio combination in Quincy and daily/Sunday newspapers in Quincy, Illinois and Newton, New Jersey.

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