Denver Station KCNC Adding 10 Hours of Local News Each Week, Introduces Neighborhood Newsrooms

By Kevin Eck 

Denver CBS owned station KCNC is adding 10 hours of additional local news coverage each week beginning Monday, September 12.

The station is launching what it calls Neighborhood newsrooms, where “every journalist, including all members of the news team, regularly cover the news in their own backyards.” The station said the move is a “dramatic shift away from traditional TV news reporting—and one CBS News Colorado believes will have a major impact. Additional local newscasts are also being added from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m.—and from 4 p.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.”

A station spokesperson said news team members will be assigned a specific beat—and will cover “the entire TV coverage area from Northern Colorado to the mountains to the eastern plains.”


“This initiative will make a meaningful impact across the diverse communities we serve,” said general manager Tim Wieland. “Our goal is to develop new relationships in our communities, allowing us to source more original content at the neighborhood level. We’ll share this content across our streaming, digital and broadcast platforms— including the 10 hours of additional news coverage each week.”

“The hard-working journalists at CBS News Colorado will serve our communities with reporting that resonates with the audience,” said news director Kristine Strain (pictured). “They’re not only taking on the most pressing topics, but also looking at what is working, what is not and sharing solutions. We live in these communities, know the people we serve—and we care about continuing to make Colorado a great place to live.”

Here’s a look at the station’s new schedule:

CBS Colorado Morning News 4:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Live on TV with anchors Dominic Garcia and Michelle Griego, meteorologist Ashton Altieri and reporter Makenzie O’Keefe from 4:30 to 7 a.m. and 9 to 9:30 a.m. and streaming on CBS News Colorado from 4:30 to 10 a.m.

CBS Colorado News at Noon with Anchor Dominic Garcia, or Michelle Griego, or Makenzie O’Keefe from
12 to 12:30 p.m.

CBS Colorado First at Four with anchors Karen Leigh and Mekialaya White 4 to 5 p.m.

CBS Colorado News at Five with anchors Jim Benemann and Karen Leigh 5 to 5:30 p.m.

CBS Colorado News at Six with anchors Jim Benemann and Karen Leigh 6 to 7 p.m.

CBS Colorado News at Ten with anchors Jim Benemann and Karen Leigh 10 to 10:30 p.m.

Coinciding with the September 12 launch of CBS Colorado First at Four, Dr. Phil will move to 3 p.m.