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Kim StephensGreat Day/Midday Anchor

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Kim broadcasts live for 5 1/2 hours each day M-F in Fresno, Ca. She co-hosts Great Day with Kopi Sotiropulos and then anchors the Midday News with Jim de la Vega. Her years of live reporting prepared her for this job that commonly calls for adlibbing breaking news all around the world. She and Kopi started this trend- setting show in 2003 and are still going strong.

Her career started in 1988 with a telecommunications degree from Chico State. Her first job was in Bakersfield at KERO where she worked her way up the ranks from morning anchor/reporter to weekend anchor/producer to weeknight anchor/reporter. (All the while working as a waitress during the day, and even working a few months at KERN radio for the midday news.)

She then moved to the southeast and worked as main nighttime anchor at WBIR and WVLT in Knoxville, Tennessee. During that and her many community commitments, she also earned her master's degree in broadcast management at The University of Tennessee.

In 2000 she got the opportunity to come back home to California. She worked in San Jose as a technology and business reporter, and weekend news anchor at KNTV.

Needing a better quality of life, she accepted the opportunity to start a brand new weekly news and entertainment program, Great Day on KMPH.

Aside from her responsibilities on Great Day, which include many community appearances, she also is very busy helping inspire and mentor students in our community achieve their broadcast news goals. Kim teaches News Writing and On-Air Performance classes at Fresno State. She is the Vice President representing Fresno on the Board of Governors for the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences which is best known for its TV News Emmy Awards. She has one Emmy, three Emmy nominations, was inducted into the NATAS Silver Circle in 2014 for over 25 years in the TV news business, and was awarded The Governors' Service Medallion in 2017 for her volunteer work through NATAS. KMPH awarded her Employee of the Year in 2004, Miss Congeniality in 2010 and the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013.

"Waking up at 2:00 a.m. is not a joy, I'll be honest. But I love being off by noon so I can head off to my classes at Fresno State, get in the garden at home, or sit and watch a TV show with my husband before our two boys come home from school. I'm always tired, but working on such a fun show in the morning is a kick. I learn something new every day. Working with a nice, creative crew makes it all worthwhile!"

Email Kim at kstephens@kmph.com.

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