Kansas City Station Expands Newsroom Staff with Several New Hires

By Kevin Eck 

Kansas City CBS station KCTV is still adding to its staff. The Gray owned station recently hired several new newsroom staffers.

Blake Bowers has been hired from WCPO in Cincinnati, Ohio as assignment manager and Zoe Shriner has been added from Gray Television’s Dakota News Now as assignment desk editor and digital producer.

The station also hired two photographers with the addition of Ken Price from WDAF in Kansas City and Matt Story, a freelancer from West Palm Beach, Florida.


Gurpreet Singh joins the team KCTV news team as an editor from an Overland Park marketing agency.

Joe McLean has been hired as a bureau reporter working out of Jefferson City, Missouri to provide stories from the Missouri State Capitol.

“In a world where so many newsrooms are being forced to cut their staffing, we’re grateful that Gray Television is giving us the opportunity to grow exponentially,” said Curtis Miles, KCTV president and general manager.

“There is nothing more important to a local newsroom than the ability to tell local stories that matter,” said news director Josh Morgan. “The addition of these team members brings us closer to that goal. We can’t wait to see the difference they make for us.”

KCTV said it is still looking for talented and qualified individuals to fill several more newsroom positions.

The station has been re-signing key talent after hiring a news director in April. Recently, the station hired Bill Hurrelbrink, extended the role of Carolina Cruz as a morning anchor and re-signed longtime sports anchor Neal Jones. Last week it announced it was adding eight newsroom staff and an afternoon newscast.