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Kent joined KDVR/KWGN from Fox affiliate WXIN Fox59 in Indianapolis, IN.

He spent four years as a multimedia journalist in Indianapolis, shooting and editing his own stories while also appearing on camera.

Kent’s reporting focused on topics related to education and the intersection of sports and news.

As an education reporter Kent covered statewide issues including the expansion of a school voucher law and the takeover of several Indianapolis Public Schools. Kent also investigated server issues with statewide testing and issues related to school security. In addition to covering education at the state level, Kent also reported extensively on changes and innovations at the school and classroom level. He also explored how parents in one Indianapolis neighborhood worked within the state’s charter school system in order to start and run their own school.

As a reporter who previously worked in Indianapolis, Kent is very familiar with a certain Broncos quarterback. Kent covered Peyton Manning for several years, reporting from Miami during the Colts trip to Super Bowl XLIV. He also examined the teams’ economic impact during the Manning years, and the fallout that came immediately after his departure. Kent also reported on a variety of economic and business issues when Indianapolis hosted Super Bowl XLVI.

Kent received a regional Emmy award nomination for his investigation into football related concussions and the search for safer helmets for both adults and young children.

Beyond football, Kent also investigated motorsports safety following the death of IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon and followed Butler University to back-to-back Final Fours, examining the boost the team’s success had on enrollment and campus life.

In addition to his passion for education and sports, Kent spent significant time covering major news stories, especially when it came to severe weather. He reported on the devastating tornado that struck the town of Henryville. He also followed emergency supply trucks and volunteers from Indiana as they traveled down to help in the recovery from multiple, deadly tornadoes in Alabama. Kent also reported live from New Orleans when hurricane Isaac made landfall.

Kent began his professional career as a reporter and weekend anchor at KSFY-TV in Sioux Falls, SD.

Kent is a Minnesota native, and he and his wife still enjoy traveling home to see their families and all of their nieces and nephews.

Kent grew up in the small town of Fertile, MN, and later attended college at the University of Minnesota, where graduated with a major in Professional Journalism and a minor in New Media Studies. He was a sports writer for the Minnesota Daily, and also started the student newspaper’s first AV/Multimedia department.

Recent Articles
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    Walk-through metal detectors for Broncos games go into use Saturday

    DENVER — It wouldn’t be football season without a few new security measures. Not that long ago, there was talk about clear plastic bags, which are still part of the deal to attend Broncos games at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Now the Broncos are doing something that should make the process of getting into the stadium a little less invasive. The walk-through metal detectors will remove the need for the wand and pat-down procedures that fans have grown […]

  • Express lanes on US 36

    Toll error on new US 36 express lanes results in refunds for thousands of drivers

    DENVER — A tolling error that lasted nearly two weeks along US 36 has resulted in about $3,600 in refunds to drivers. If you have used one of the new “dual position” toll passes for US 36 in the past month, you might have noticed a small credit to your account. One of the electronic Express Toll readers located above the eastbound toll lane at Sheridan and US 36, wasn’t working right. The mistake went undetected from August 13 – […]

  • A bear was relocated after being found in the 1800 block of South Monroe Street in Denver on Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. (Photo: Matthew Fresquez)

    Young bear captured after making it a long way into Denver

    DENVER — Colorado Parks and Wildlife got an assist from Denver Police during a rare bear recovery near I-25 and Colorado Boulevard on Monday night. The one-year-old male bear weighed 100 pounds or less and was eventually tranquillized and returned to the wild, but Parks and Wildlife spokesperson Jennifer Churchill said the bear made it farther into the city than she can remember. When police responded to the 1800 block of South Monroe Street on Monday night, some people assumed […]

  • Bear killed in backyard in Fort Collins, Colorado

    Man faces charges for killing bear in backyard to protect his dog

    FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Bear encounters are on the rise in metro areas across the Front Range apparently due to a food shortage caused by wet and cold spring weather, but one Fort Collins homeowner is finding out why it’s a bad idea to deal with encounters on your own. The man, who has yet to be identified, is facing several charges after shooting a bear that came into his backyard and encountered his dog. Neighbors told FOX31 the man put […]

  • Rick Wheeler

    Firefighter killed in Washington state had strong ties to Colorado

    DENVER — One of the firefighters who lost his life in a Washington wildfire, spent time learning and working in Colorado. On Friday, those who battled fires alongside 31-year-old Rick Wheeler, remembered their friend. “My heart just kind of sank,” said Georgie Craig, a former wildland firefighter who now lives in Salida. “Just the thought of what he probably went through was awful.” Georgie met Rick Wheeler when he came to Colorado with AmeriCorps in 2004. The fourth generation firefighter […]

  • Western wildfires

    Wife of Colorado firefighter deployed to West Coast opens up

    DENVER — A day after three firefighters died in a Washington wild fire, the wife of a Colorado firefighter opened about his deployment to the West Coast. Natalie Payne says her husband Zac Payne is fighting several wildfires in the Six Rivers National Forest in Northern California. Though he is hundreds of miles from the fire that killed three firefighters in Washington, she says it does not put her at ease. “It’s incredible. It’s horrific. It’s upsetting,” Natalie said, wiping […]

  • Nanny defends 3-year-old from savage dog attack

    Nanny defends 3-year-old boy from ‘savage’ dog attack

    A local babysitter is being called a hero after withstanding a vicious dog attack in order to protect a three year old boy. Sharon Molloy was babysitting 3-year-old Jack Melichar, and his 8-year-old brother, on Thursday morning when two black Briard dogs came up on the deck of the home. “(Sharon and the boys) went out on the deck and tried to get the two black dogs to go home,” said Amy Melichar, Jackson’s mother. “Jack was running, and while […]

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    Denver man who sings ‘My Hero’ on stage with ‘Foo Fighters’ was remembering his mom

    GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. –A Denver man has gained some instant fame after getting on stage during a Foo Fighters concert at Fiddler’s Green this weekend. It was all thanks to some great seats and a few tears, but there are a couple things most people don’t know. The group was singing the acoustic version of “My Hero” when frontman Dave Grohl saw a man crying in the crowd and yelled, “Hey, don’t cry. I know you’re drunk.” That man, Anthony […]

  • PCs for People

    Organization helps deserving Coloradans get computers for free

    DENVER — Owning a computer is something many of us take for granted, but there are thousands of people in Denver alone who simply can’t afford one. Now, a nonprofit that started in Minnesota, is bringing affordable, refurbished PCs to people in Colorado. This week PCs for People, in a partnership with BlueStar Recyclers, is beginning to offer computers at little to no cost to those living near the poverty line, and the nonprofit is able to do it thanks to […]

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    Boulder man: New bike lanes threatening small businesses

    BOULDER, Colo. — A small business owner says experimental bike lanes in Boulder could put him out of business before a trial-period is complete. The city of Boulder is studying new, protected bike lanes along Folsom Street, after a larger plan drew criticism from drivers and businesses concerned about the impact on traffic. The city eliminated two lanes of traffic in order to make space for the lanes and after just two weeks, there are a number of complaints. “I’ve […]