(October 10, 2018) For an athlete, knowing when to retire is often a gut feeling. For a sports broadcaster, deciding to leave a job can be similarly rooted in intuition. That was the case for Tyler Stricker. He left his first post-graduate job after two years and is joining KKCO 11 News in Grand Junction, CO as a sports anchor/reporter.
Stricker replaces fellow STAA member Tanner Barth who left for a similar position in Wilmington, NC.
“Gray Television is a great company to work for with plenty of opportunities to move from one station to another,” says Stricker. “I also have the chance to move up within the station and I like the location in Colorado.”
Stricker is a 2016 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. After graduating, he landed as a sports anchor/reporter at KIEM-TV in Eureka, CA. When his contract came up for renewal this summer, he chose not to re-sign. “I enjoyed my time in Eureka but I felt that I needed a change of scenery and I wanted to pursue a job with more responsibilities,” he says.
The KKCO job lead was emailed to STAA members on August 21st. “I was searching for jobs for a few months,” Stricker recalls.
His Wisconsin roots helped Stricker land the position.
“I made direct connection with the news director [Amanda Mayle]. I’m from Wisconsin and she spent time working in Wisconsin. I connected to her with small talk and then gave her my information. Shortly after, she called to set up an interview.”
(Visit Tyler’s STAA Talent Page).