Dakota News Now To Open Pierre News Bureau By Summer

(KCCR) — A Sioux Falls t-v news organization is ready to bring more stories about central South Dakota to viewers across the state. Dakota News Now, the merging of KSFY with KDLT, has signed a long-term lease for a news bureau in Pierre…

“Now the next step is kind of moving some equipment in and hiring a reporter and so we hope to have someone in Pierre this summer and start working there, you know Monday through Friday and appearing, you know in our news everyday so covering news there in Pierre and the surrounding area.”
News Director Kevin King says a bureau in the state capital was the next logical step for Dakota News Now…

“Having someone in our Capitol city I think is going to be huge for us. Having someone that can be there during the entire legislative session rather than us sending someone for a few days here or there will really just help us strengthen our, you know our statehouse coverage, but there’s a lot of news happening in Pierre. There’s a lot of stuff happening and it’s difficult for us to get there on a consistent basis when you know, we’re three and a half hours from Sioux Falls so it’ll be great to have someone there all the time that can share those stories in Pierre and the surrounding area with viewers at home.”
The Pierre Bureau for Dakota News Now will even reach west to Rapid City…

“Gray Media Group owns KSFY and KDLT here in Sioux Falls and also owns KOTA and KEVN in Rapid City and so this will be essentially a bureau for both of us. So that reporter will essentially be working for the Sioux Falls station and the Rapid City station and so their stories will air on both stations on a given day and will be able to do live reports for both stations and that material can be shared with any other station, you know, in the Gray group.”
The Bureau will also have live capabilities…

“Our goal with this too was to be able to allow, you know, our government leaders the opportunity to go live, like on national network programs, like you know the Sunday talk shows, so that bureau will also have those capabilities. You know, who knows how often that will be used , but it’s just another option for those folks who are in Pierre to not have to travel to Sioux Falls to do those kinds of things. We’ll be able to do that right there.”
King says the Pierre Bureau will also allow Dakota News Now to cover the state’s Native American reservations better. They hope to have Bureau in place by June.