By Rick Griffin
Veteran TV news manager Jake Minger is beginning his second year with KUSI-TV as manager of news operations with the additional responsibilities of booking in-studio guests for live segments airing on the station’s popular “Good Morning San Diego” program.
Minger, who joined KUSI in November 2017, is adding to his workload following the departure of Pam Davis who is joining a local nonprofit as communications manager.
“I love TV news because everyday is different,” said Minger, with 25 years of broadcast news experience. “My job is to oversee news gathering so I consider myself a hunter-gatherer. Now I’ll be doing more of that with the morning show.”
Minger, a San Diego native, grew up in North County and graduated from Encinitas’ San Dieguito High School (class of 1988). He earned a degree in journalism from the University of Pacific.
His first job out of college was in media relations with the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. After four years at Del Mar, he spent five years in radio news before joining NBC 7 San Diego as an assignment editor and writer in 1995. His career also has included stints at KSWB, KGTV and XETV, a station that shut down in May 2017. He rejoined KSWB for a year before starting at KUSI.
At Golden Hall’s Election Central on Nov. 6, Minger was busy booking politicians for live interviews. “There’s nothing like TV news on election night because there are always surprises,” said Minger, who was reading a text message from a candidate who was declining an interview request due to unfavorable early returns.
KCD Public Relations adds Millennium Trust as Client
KCD Public Relations, a San Diego boutique consultancy specializing in technology clients with an emphasis in the fintech sector, has announced it has added Millennium Trust Company of Chicago to its client roster.
Millennium Trust provides retirement and custody services to advisors, financial institutions, businesses and individuals. According to Kevin Dinino, KCD president and founder, services provided will include positioning the company as a go-to expert in retirement and wealth services.
“We have successfully established a positive reputation within our niche, but as we grow and enhance our services, we need a full-service communications firm that will be able to position the company in front of a broader audience,” said John Ryan, VP, product marketing and communications director, Millennium Trust. “We are confident KCD PR will help us reach new heights.”
IABC San Diego Hosts Brewhaha Mixer at AleSmith
The International Association of Business Communicators San Diego chapter will host its next Brewhaha mixer from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at AleSmith Brewing Co., 9990 AleSmith Court.
The mixer will include a presentation about the brewing process, from grain to glass, from brewery ambassador Chris Leguizamon. In 2015, AleSmith marked its 20th anniversary by opening a 100,000-square-foot facility in the Miramar area, featuring San Diego’s largest tasting room.
Cost to attend is $25 for members, $35 for nonmembers. For more information, visit sandiego.iabc.com.
SDX Discussing Leadership Strategies for Women
SDX will present “Women in Leadership,” a panel discussion about empowerment for women in the workplace, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15, at Mirum Agency’s downtown office, 350 10th Ave., 12th floor.
Panel members will include: Julie Koepsell, San Diego office managing director, Mirum; Sarah Panis, founder, Gritty; Cherry Park, senior director of marketing, Qualcomm; Laura Huston, principal product designer, Intuit. Discussion topics will include how to support other women gain a seat at the leadership table and what real empowerment looks like in practice. A mixer will be held following the program.
The event is free for members and $40 per person for nonmembers. The presentation is part of SDX’s ongoing “Inspire” seminar series. For more information, visit SDX at www.sandiegox.org.
Rick Griffin is a San Diego-based public relations and marketing consultant. His MarketInk column appears weekly on Mondays in Times of San Diego.
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