Celebrity Council

Jim Benemann & Karen Leigh, CBS4 News Anchors

Emmy-award winning journalist Jim Benemann and Karen Leigh are co-anchors of CBS4 at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Jim is an outstanding journalist and an exceptional communicator. His passion for his work and his commitment to this community make him one of the most respected broadcasters in Colorado.

Karen joined the CBS4 News team in 2008 as anchor of CBS4 news at 5pm, 6pm, 6:30pm, and 10pm from WCCO-TV in Minneapolis, Minnesota where she served as an Emmy Award winning morning show anchor since 2004.

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Ken Clark, Reporter, FOX 31

Ken Clark is traffic anchor on KDVR FOX 31′s Good Day Colorado. He worked as traffic reporter for Good Day before becoming an anchor on the show. Prior to joining Fox-31 Ken worked at Premier Traffic. He was the airborne drive time reporter for 107.5 KQKS and 104.3 KJCD. Ken’s career also includes working as an overnight jock for 103.5 KRFX. He also produced “Lou from Littleton” at 850 KOA and “The Peter Boyles Show” at 630 KHOW.

 



Terrell Davis, Former Denver Bronco

Terrell Davis is a former American football running back who played for the Denver Broncos from 1995 to 2001. Davis was drafted by the Broncos in the sixth round (196th pick overall) of the 1995 NFL Draft. Davis is the Denver Broncos all-time leading rusher, with 7,607 rushing yards. As a player, he was given the nickname “T. D.” by players, fans and the media; this denoted both the initials of his first and last name as well as being an abbreviation for touchdown.



Congresswoman Diana DeGette

Chief Deputy Whip Diana DeGette is serving her 8th term in Congress as Representative for the First District of Colorado. As a member of the powerful Committee on Energy and Commerce, an exclusive congressional committee with vast jurisdiction over health care, trade, business, technology, food safety, and consumer protection, she is one of the leading voices in the health care debate in this country. She also serves as the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, which conducts the oversight of, and investigations into, issues falling under the jurisdiction of the full committee. As a member of the Democratic leadership, she played a vital role in the reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, has fought for tough food safety legislation, and was a key player in crafting a comprehensive consumer product safety bill.

U.S. Rep. DeGette is also the chief architect of legislation to expand stem cell research, which has been passed twice with broad, bipartisan support in Congress. The measure was vetoed twice by President George W. Bush – including his very first presidential veto. A life-long Coloradoan, U.S. Rep. DeGette is guided by traditional Western values. She’s also the author of the landmark Colorado Wilderness Act, which would protect and preserve pristine land across Colorado for generations to come. She has fought to enhance her constituents’ access to affordable quality health care, expand mass transit, improve transportation in the Denver area, clean up environmental waste sites, and improve opportunities for small business.



Goose Gossage, Former Major League Pitcher & Hall of Famer

Richard Michael “Goose” Gossage is a former Major League Baseball right-handed relief pitcher. During a 22-year baseball career, he pitched from 1972-1994 for nine different teams, spending his best years with the New York Yankees and San Diego Padres. The nickname “Goose” is a play on his surname. Although otherwise known as “Rich” in popular media, to family and friends he is “Rick.”

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, he was one of the earliest manifestations of the dominating modern closer, with wild facial hair and a gruff demeanor to go along with his blistering fastball. He led the American League in saves three times and was runner up twice; by the end of the 1987 season he ranked second in major league history in career saves, trailing only Rollie Fingers, although by the end of his career his final total of 310 had slipped to fourth all-time.

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Tom Green, KWGN Morning News Anchor

Tom Green anchors the Emmy-award winning Daybreak on Colorado’s own Channel 2, the morning show which airs on KWGN from 5-9 a.m. Monday through Friday. Tom is a news and sports veteran within the Denver market, with almost 30 years experience and 10 Emmy awards.

Tom made the transition to news anchor when he joined KWGN after three years as the main sports anchor at KMGH-TV (ABC) in Denver, CO. Tom’s experience also includes play-by-play, color and sideline reporting for ABC and Fox Sports, hosting a national game show (Sports On Tap) for ESPN. Tom also was radio host for KKFN-AM where he inaugurated shows featuring then-Nuggets head coaches Doug Moe and Dan Issel. Previously Tom was sports anchor for more than 13 years for KUSA-TV (NBC) in Denver, CO after working for ESPN.

In addition to 10 Emmy awards, Tom was named the Colorado Sportscaster of the Year 4 times by the National sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.



Murphy Huston, KOSI 101 Morning Show Host

Murphy has been doing radio in Denver for 25 years, 14 on KOSI. He is married to Carol and they raised their 4 children here and now have 4 grandchildren. Murphy has been very active in the community and has the 7 Everyday hero award and several others. For years he was the face of the Colorado Lotto by doing their weekly drawings on News 4. He thoroughly enjoys doing radio where is lone goal everyday to to put a smile on some one’s face…..”If I can make your day a little better then I’m a happy man.” He is truly a “HOMER” when it comes to the local sports teams and is still trying to figure out his golf game.



Kathie J, KS 107.5 Morning Show Host

Kathie J is co-host, along with Larry Ulibarri and Kendall B, on Denver’s #1 morning show, the KS1075 Morning Show. The show has aired for over a decade and has been consistently ranked #1 in the station’s target demographic. Kathie J grew up on Thornton and had an early passion for volunteering. She was active in Girl Scouts and Student Council throughout her school years. In college, she was a Domestic Violence Ambassador for the El Paso Courts. She has also volunteered weekly at local Denver area animal shelters for over 10 years. Her relationship with Food Bank of the Rockies began with the yearly KS1075 Food Drive for Food Bank of the Rockies.



Amber Johnson, Editor of Denver Post’s Mile High Mamas

Amber Johnson is so passionate about motherhood that she teamed up with The Denver Post to build a community around it. Mile High Mamas is Denver’s leading social media community for moms and Amber regularly organizes events that pair local mom “Influencers” with organizations in need. Of course, her favorite event ever was when she teamed up with Food Bank of the Rockies to help bring awareness to child hunger.

Amber was selected after a nationwide search to be Microsoft’s accredited blogger at the 2010 Vancouver Games. She works as a social media strategist at Pixo Web Design & Strategy and has been named as a Brand Enthusiast for companies such as Park City Mountain Resort’s Snowmamas.com, Nintendo, Windex and Feld Entertainment. She is also a family travel writer and has been blogging at her personal blog Crazy Bloggin’ Canuck since 2003 and was received numerous blogging awards including being honored in Westword magazine’s Best of Denver edition.

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Rachel Kemble, Celebrity Council Photographer

For as long as she can remember Rachel has always been fascinated by human development, especially the early beginnings and childhood.
Children are these remarkable creatures full of life, energy, love and desire to explore the world around them. Her love for children led her to pursue a degree in Child Development and Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. As a Child Life Specialist in a New York children’s hospital, Rachel provided clinical-based psychosocial care to children undergoing bone marrow transplants.

It was during this time that Rachel first picked up a camera and began capturing the lives of the children, her beautiful angels, with whom she engaged. She was able to combine the new found passion for photography with her love of children when she moved to Denver, CO in 2007 and began a full time career as a maternity, infant and children’s photographer.

Rachel recently became a mother, welcoming her daughter, Maya, in March, 2011.



Joe King, Member of The Fray

Joe is the guitarist, backing vocalist, songwriter and co-founder of the Denver based rock bank, The Fray. The Grammy and Billboard Music Award winners formed the bank in 2002.

“Colorado is home for me.  I travel the world with The Fray and find the generosity of Coloradans to be remarkable.  After being introduced to the folks at Food Bank of the Rockies, I decided that hunger is a cause I need to get behind.  It’s unacceptable for my neighbors to go to bed hungry.  I’m proud to support food bank’s work and partner to solve a problem that should not exist in this great state.”

 



Mark Koebrich, 9NEWS Anchor

Mark Koebrich joined Channel 9 in September 1981 from WLKY-TV in Louisville, Kentucky. Koebrich came to 9NEWS as the Southern Bureau reporter in Colorado Springs. Later that year, Koebrich helped launch 9NEWS 6:00AM with Bertha Lynn, Larry Camp and Krista Bradford. Koebrich anchored the early morning news for six years and was then assigned to anchor 9NEWS at 12:00pm and 9NEWS 4:30pm with former staffer Linda Benzel.

Mark Koebrich is now the anchor for 4 o’clock @ 9NEWS and 9NEWS at 5, 6, and 10 pm. He is also the 9NEWS Consumer Reporter.

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Dave Krieger, Denver Post Sports Columnist & KOA Radio Host

Dave Krieger is a sports columnist for The Denver Post and a part-time host on KOA radio. He has been a Colorado journalist for 30 years, including 27 with the now-defunct Rocky Mountain News. Over that span, he has covered everything from the 1983 Denver mayoral race to Super Bowls, World Series, NBA Finals, Stanley Cup Finals and Olympic Games.



Vic Lombardi, CBS4 Sports Anchor

He was 10-years-old and watching a local newscast … “It just clicked” says CBS4 Sports Anchor Vic Lombardi. He says he grew up in Colorado always wanting to work in Denver TV. Born on Denver’s North Side in 1969, Lombardi interned at CBS4 as a student and later joined CBS4 in June of 1998. He graduated from Holy Family High School in Denver, attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and graduated from Notre Dame University in 1991.

Before landing a job in his hometown, Lombardi worked as a sports reporter in South Bend, Indiana, Austin, Texas, and Phoenix, Ariz. Already, he is a 23-time Emmy Award winner; 13 of which are for Best Sports Anchor, which he has won 10 years in a row. Vic has now added a radio show to his repertoire. You can listen to Vic and Gary Miller Monday through Friday, 7-9 am on 102.3 The Ticket.

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Jane London & Dom Testa, Host of Mix 100 Dom & Jane Morning Show

About Dom:  From the time I was a teenager I knew that I wanted to do two things: goof around on the radio, and write. So that’s exactly what I’ve done.  Starting at age 16, I’ve been able to do the radio part, and it has brought me here to MIX 100. I began hosting this show in 1993 (jeez, has it really been that long??), and it’s still a blast every morning.

The writing has always been a big part of my life, but really took off a few years ago. Now, my award-winning book series for young adults has been acquired by Tor Books in New York, and they are launching the Galahad series worldwide.

About Jane:  I’m happy to have been part of The Dom and Jane Show for over 10 years, here on MIX 100.  I grew up in Michigan and attended Central Michigan University, where I managed (between visits to the bar) to get a degree in Journalism. My career began as a radio reporter and I was able to cover a couple of presidential elections, which was a lot of fun for me. I morphed out of news and into a ‘morning radio personality’ and worked as a talk show host for a few years, before moving to Denver and MIX 100.

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Matt Morris, Recording Artist

What is it that separates Matt Morris from so many other recording artists? When you peel back all the layers – the diverse moods, styles and topics he sings about – there is one common denominator: They reflect Matt’s dedication to living and writing about a meaningful life.

His album, Everything Breaks Open, was produced in Austin, Texas, and in Los Angeles by Charlie Sexton and Tennman label founder Justin Timberlake – two names you wouldn’t intuitively expect to team up in the studio. “Charlie and Justin can be seen as representative of different sides of my music,” Morris says. “There is an earthy, rooted, sometimes melancholy side to some of my writing that is in line with Charlie’s personality and approach. There is a playful, high-energy, soulful side that speaks to who Justin is, as a person and producer. The two people are very different from one another, but they both have impeccable instincts.”

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Marc Moser, Radio Play by Play/Analyst

Marc Moser is in his fifth season in the radio booth for the Avalanche on the Altitude Radio Network. Moser’s ties to the organization date back to 1997-98, when he became the in-studio host and producer of all Avalanche radio broadcasts. He worked in that capacity for seven years until the end of the 2003-04 campaign. During that time, Moser was also a daily sports-talk show host and the host of the highly popular “Avalanche Talk” on the network flagship sports station.

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Alanna Rizzo, MLB Network Host and Reporter

Alanna Rizzo is a MLB Network studio host and reporter, appearing across MLB Network’s studio programming.   Rizzo joined MLB Network from ROOT Sports Rocky Mountain, where she received three Regional Emmy Awards for her work, including co-hosting Rockies All Access, reporting for Rockies telecasts and serving as a sideline reporter for the University of Colorado basketball, University of Denver basketball and hockey and high school football broadcasts.

Rizzo previously worked as the weekend sports anchor and weekday sports reporter for WISC-TV in Madison, Wisc., covering the Brewers, Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Bucks and the University of Wisconsin men’s and women’s hockey teams’ national championship runs. Rizzo also worked as a weekend sports anchor and weekday sports reporter at KAUZ-TV in Wichita Falls, Tex.

A Colorado native, Rizzo graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder and received her M.A. in Broadcast Journalism.

“When I learned of the opportunity to partner with Food Bank of the Rockies to support the fight against hunger, I was eager to join the cause.  No one in this country should go without food and adequate nutrition and I’m proud to do what I can to support the efforts of this worthy organization.”

 



Mike Nelson & Anne Trujillo, KMGH Chief Meteorologist & News Anchor

Anne Trujillo, an award-winning broadcast journalist, co-anchors 7NEWS at 3, 5, and 10 p.m. She started her broadcasting career at a Denver radio station. From there, Anne moved on to television stations in Scottsbluff and Omaha, Neb., before returning home to Colorado in September 1984 as a 7NEWS general assignment reporter.

Mike Nelson joined 7News in June of 2004 as Chief Meteorologist. Prior to his position at KMGH, Nelson served as Chief Meteorologist for KUSA-TV from 1991 to 2004. Mike received his degree in meteorology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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Hans Rosemond, Celebrity Council Photographer

Hans Rosemond is an athletic and portrait photographer,  based in Denver, Colorado.



Joe Sakic, Former Colorado Avalanche All-Star

Former Avalanche captain, Joe Sakic, began his first season as the organization’s Executive Advisor/Alternate Governor in 2011. He began his duties at the conclusion of the 2010-11 season.  In this role, Sakic serves as an executive advisor regarding all facets of hockey operations. He also represents the Avalanche at the Board of Governors Meetings as one of the Alternate Governors.

Sakic announced his retirement from the game of hockey on July 9, 2009, following a career that spanned 20 seasons and 1,378 games with the same organization. He was team captain for 16 consecutive seasons (17 seasons overall), making him the second-longest serving captain in NHL history.

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Bret Saunders, KBCO Morning Show Host

Bret Saunders has been involved in Denver area radio for nearly twenty years, including a 14 year and counting stint as the morning show host at KBCO-FM. He began broadcasting as a teenager in suburban Detroit, Michigan in the 1980s before stumbling around various parts of the US in search of a distinct style, which still eludes him to this day. He likes ‘esoteric’ music, uncomfortable silences in conversation, and dachshunds.



Jake Schroeder, Front Man of Opie Gone Bad

Jake’s full bio to come soon!



Rod Smith, Former Denver Bronco

Rod is a retired American football wide receiver. He was originally signed by the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent in 1994 and played his entire 14-year career with the team. He played college football at Missouri Southern State.

After the 1994 draft, the Denver Broncos signed Smith. In fourteen seasons as an NFL player, Smith had eight seasons of at least 1,000 receiving yards. He had two seasons of at least 100 receptions. He was a starting wide receiver of the Broncos’ back-to-back Super Bowl championships in 97 and 98. In the Broncos’ 34-19 win in Super Bowl XXXIII, Smith had 5 receptions for 152 yards (the fourth highest total in Super Bowl history), including an 80-yard touchdown reception. He was a finalist for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2004.

A hip injury suffered in 2006 required a complete hip replacement. Smith announced his formal retirement on July 24, 2008. With 2 Super Bowl titles, 3 Pro Bowl appearances, and a controversy-free career noted for professionalism, Smith left the Denver Broncos as one of the most well-loved Broncos players of all time.



Paul Stastny, Colorado Avalanche Center

Stastny led the Avalanche with a career-high 79 points in 81 games. His previous high was 78 points as a rookie in 2006-07. Stastny’s 59 assists were also a personal best, nine more than he had during that rookie campaign. He reached the 20-goal mark for the third time in four NHL seasons and ranked first on the team in games, points, assists, power-play points and faceoff percentage. He took 1,703 total faceoffs, second most in the NHL (Sidney Crosby 1791) and helped the United States capture the silver medal at the 2010 Olympics.

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Trista & Ryan Sutter, Former Stars of “The Bachelorette”

Trista applied for what was at the time, a new show called “The Bachelor”. After being chosen to appear as one of 25 bachelorettes on the ABC hit, she achieved overnight fame as the runner-up who was not ultimately picked as The Bachelor’s dream girl. Not being chosen proved to be the best thing that ever happened to her, because she was then asked to become the first Bachelorette. On this spin-off, she not only met the man of her dreams in handsome firefighter Ryan Sutter, but said “yes” to his televised marriage proposal that 26 million people tuned in to witness.

They planned a dream wedding with the industry’s best for a special TV wedding that they shared with the millions that had watched their love story unfold. As icing on the proverbial cake, they welcomed a beautiful baby boy, Maxwell Alston Sutter, into the world in 2007 and were doubly blessed with a precious baby girl, Blakesley Grace Sutter, in 2009.

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Natalie Tysdal, Co-Host of KWGN’s “Everyday”

Natalie Tysdal anchors the news and talk show “Everyday” which airs at 10:00 a.m. on FOX31 Denver. Prior to that, Natalie anchored the Emmy-award winning News2 This Morning. Since joining KWGN in 2002, the show was continually named Colorado’s #1 local morning news program.

Natalie reported and anchored in Dallas,TX, Pensacola, FL, Mobile, AL, Twin Falls, ID and Lincoln, NE. She has covered major hurricanes along the Gulf Coast, moderated gubernatorial debates and interviewed political figures and Hollywood stars from around the world. She has been recognized with numerous awards for her feature, medical and investigative reporting.

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Lindsey Vonn, American Alpine, Olympic Ski Racer

Lindsey Vonn has established herself as the most successful female ski racer in American History. She is the only American woman to have captured downhill gold at the Olympics and the only American woman with three World Cup Overall titles. Vonn’s victories include an Olympic Gold and Bronze medal, 33 World Cup wins in four disciplines (downhill, Super G, Slamon and super combined), as well as two World Championship gold medals.

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Tyler Wiard, Executive Chef Elway’s Cherry Creek

The road to the ELWAY’S CHERRY CREEK kitchen for Executive Chef Tyler Wiard began in Boulder, Colorado working alongside local chef legends John Platt and David Query on the line at Q’s Restaurant in the Hotel Boulderado. After a stint at Jax-Boulder, another Query restaurant, famed Denver restaurateur Cliff Young recruited Tyler as the opening executive chef of his Napa Café where Tyler’s imaginative, exciting and superbly balanced food drew raves from critics.

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