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Reporter

Phone: (815) ***-****  HQ Phone
Email: k***@***.com
WREX
10322 Auburn St.
Rockford , Illinois 61105
United States

 
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Georgette Braun: Ken DeCoster a ...
www.rrstar.com, 11 Jan 2015 [cached]
Georgette Braun: Ken DeCoster a good choice for Rockford crime job
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Georgette Braun: Ken DeCoster a good choice for Rockford crime job
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Georgette Braun: Ken DeCoster a good choice for Rockford crime job
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Georgette Braun: Ken DeCoster a good choice for Rockford crime job ...
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Georgette Braun: Ken DeCoster a good choice for Rockford crime job ...
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Georgette Braun: Ken DeCoster a good choice for Rockford crime job
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Ken DeCoster hired as WREX reporter • My View: Rockford radio voice needs to return > Social News For 33 years, journalist Ken DeCoster followed police for leads about criminal activity to tell radio listeners and TV viewers. Starting Monday, hell do an about-face of sorts. Hell lead a group that cops look to for crime-fighting information, the one that pays money to tipsters who remain anonymous. DeCoster is the new coordinator of Rockford Area Crime Stoppers, replacing Rich Gambini, a longtime police officer who retired last month.
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For sure, DeCoster is a respected communicator, with long-standing community connections. Ive admired his abilities to get sources to give him breaking-story leads. It seems DeCoster just cant stay away from the crime world. For example, he was posting items about cops news on his personal Facebook page after his talk-show host job was cut at NTA when the station changed formats a year ago. And last week when a warehouse on 19th Avenue burned down in frigid temperatures, he was posting photos he took on Facebook. Police suspect the building was a pot-growing operation. DeCosters last day as a multimedia journalist at WREX was Jan. 2. He started his news career in 1981 in Rockford and then covered Winnebago County.
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Christiansen said DeCoster will spend some of his time as executive assistant to the sheriff in getting the word out about county activities, including economic development wins.
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DeCoster is a county employee; the county and the city of Rockford split paying his $60,000 salary.
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Hopefully, people who would not be otherwise motivated to report crimes will be motivated to provide information to police anonymously through Crime Stoppers, DeCoster said. Money talks, he said.
1330 WNTA All Local. All Day. - All Local. All Day
www.wnta.com, 22 July 2011 [cached]
Ken DeCoster - Weekdays from 10AM - 1PM WNTA Midday host Ken DeCoster focuses on the news of the day each weekday between 10 am and 1 pm. Ken's show includes timely interviews with newsmakers and reaction from listeners. He has covered countless news stories and press conferences since beginning his broadcast career in Rockford in April of 1981. He is the longest tenured broadcast journalist in the Forest City and was recognized by the Associated Press as "Best Downstate Radio News Reporter" in 1992. Ken loves politics, American History, and breaking news stories. While Ken is devoted to radio... his true loves are his bride, Kristina, and their beautiful daughter, Carrie Elizabeth.
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Contact Ken Decoster | Chew on This with Ken DeCoster
Rockford Register Star - Rockford's Newspaper and Website - Local & State News
www.rrstar.com [cached]
Ken DeCoster, a newsman since 1981 and radio news and programming director at WNTA (1330 AM), recalls being frustrated in trying to pry information out of Russell.
DeCoster pointed to the case of a Poplar Grove teen, Kelli Moye, who was charged with manslaughter for leaving her newborn outside, where it died in February 1996.
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"Once I was over there, I found the officials at the Belvidere courthouse most accommodating," DeCoster said.
“Many people who listened to Chris ...
ejpagel.exactpages.com, 7 June 2011 [cached]
“Many people who listened to Chris considered him an advocate for the underdog,” said WNTA news director Ken DeCoster, who hosted the spontaneous broadcast eulogy.
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“We didn’t sugar-coat,” DeCoster said of Tuesday’s live radio outpouring.
About RadioWorks
www.radioworks.net, 22 Feb 2005 [cached]
Ken DeCosterWNTA Program Director815-874-7861
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