DK-TV Through The Years

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Dave Kinchen on GDP

Dave Kinchen has reported news in the greater Philadelphia region since 2011. He has spent most of that time working for WTXF-TV’s evening news programs, and one year on the popular morning show “Good Day Philadelphia.”

As the tradition of breaking news and enterprise journalism continues, here you will get a look at how it all began.

Late 2000’s

Dave doing weatherDave wore many hats during his time at WEYI-TV, the NBC station in Saginaw, Michigan. He served as a fill-in weather anchor and evolved into the weekend weathercaster while holding down weekday news reporting duties.

WEYI Weather Reel (2010-2011):

He was the Flint-Saginaw market’s only regular political reporter scoring exclusive interviews with the governor and national political figures who campaigned across the state.  He also pioneered coverage of the state’s auto industry in transition with in-depth journalism, including a series called The Automotive Rebound, produced in partnership with Northwood University.

Dave also added anchoring duties to his resume at NBC25, both as a fill-in anchor and co-anchor for the 6pm weekend shows.

WEYI Reporter Reel (2010-2011):

WEYI Reporter Reel (2008-2010):

 Mid 2000’s

Dave landed his first full-time reporting job at WNEM-TV CBS in Saginaw in 2005. Here, Dave covered everything from inner city crime to state politics and the auto industry.

Before WNEM, Dave entered Lansing, Michigan CBS affiliate WLNS-TV as a News Assistant where he shot and edited video while studying at nearby Michigan State University in 2004. Within days, Dave moved into his first permanent on-air reporting position.

He covered general assignments and quickly developed his specialization in political reporting; already having contacts at the state capitol due to his previous work in government policy.

Known for a gift of gab, it was here where Dave was first approached with the concept of anchoring weather, and became the station’s fill-in weather man.  Dave prepared the weather graphics and delivered the reports from the anchor desk and “green screen”.

Below is one of Dave’s early political reports from WLNS-TV.

 Early 2000’s

imageIt was literally the day after Dave graduated from high school that he started out as a part-time production assistant at Detroit’s historic ABC affiliate, WXYZ Channel 7. From programming commercials into the newscasts, to writing news stories for the anchors, Dave gained experience typically reserved for college interns before he ever set foot in college!

He even developed the idea for a segment dedicated to covering issues from a young person’s perspective, and became WXYZ’s “Student Reporter”.  Staffers who worked at WXYZ for decades believed Dave was the youngest person to ever have a reoccurring segment on the Channel 7 airwaves.

The 90’s

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The project that truly began Dave’s career in broadcasting was a cable access program that covered social issues from a young person’s perspective.  He first brought the idea to the Farmington Hills youth centers around 1995.  From there the City of Farmington Hills Video Division signed on and produced the first show in 1996. It would go on to win numerous regional and national awards throughout the rest of the decade, and was featured in a Detroit Free Press article in 1999 (see above).

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