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Al Aamodt joined the KFGO team, full time in January of 2011, after a long and illustrious career in television news. The Barnesville, Minnesota native began his broadcast adventure and commitment to helping inform the public , starting in the late 1960s in Fosston, Minnesota. Al is a graduate of Brown Institute (now Brown College) of Minneapolis, and Minnesota State University- Moorhead. He’s also a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran. After his military experience, and earning a degree in Mass Communications from MSU-M, Al joined the news department of KXJB Television in Fargo, where he worked as a reporter and photographer. He also did some fill-in week-end sports anchoring. After a year and a half, Al joined the staff of WDAY radio and television as a reporter and photographer. He was promoted to television Assignments Editor after two years, and was later named News Director-- a position he held for more than 20 years. Under his leadership, WDAY television news continued its top-rated market position. Al also was instrumental in adding two new, major newscasts to the station’s offerings. His work in developing a new format for the 5:00PM newscast was featured in an article in “The Communicator” a publication of the Radio and Television News Directors Association. Al has long been involved in local, regional and national broadcast news organizations and has won numerous broadcast awards, including the prestigious Mitchell V. Charnley award for outstanding contributions in the field of broadcast journalism. The award is offered annually by the six-state Northwest Broadcast News Association. Al shares the award with such broadcast journalism luminaries as Tom Brokaw, Stanley S. Hubbard and Marv Bossart. In addition to his duties at KFGO, Al is an adjunct professor at Minnesota State University Moorhead, teaching media writing. He has also served on the President’s Advisory Board at MSU-M, and as an advisor on one of (former) Governor Sinner’s public policy forums. Al lives in Horace, North Dakota, and enjoys raising peppers--during the summer months, reading-- particularly articles about politics and journalism, his 1940 Chevy and his family and friends. Al underscores the importance of good journalism in the lives of broadcast listeners and viewers and says that’s one of the reasons he is so happy to be a part of the KFGO broadcast team. He says: “this is where the pros are.”