Jan. 11, 2021
Jeimmie Nevalga, a veteran TV producer, has been named news director for KOMU-TV. KOMU 8 is the only network-affiliated commercially operated television station (NBC) whose newsroom is utilized as a teaching lab. Students at the Missouri School of Journalism cover mid-Missouri under the supervision of faculty.
As news director, Nevalga will oversee a complex newsroom environment that brings together a diverse group of students and professionals from around the world while collaborating with the school’s other hands-on multiplatform newsrooms. These include a digital-first community newspaper, an NPR-member station and the State Government Reporting Program in Jefferson City. The appointment makes Nevalga the first woman and minority to lead the news department at KOMU.
“Jeimmie is a solid leader whose work as a journalist, producer, teacher and mentor has contributed to the success of our students and award-winning newsrooms,” said Dean David Kurpius. “We look forward to her building on these accomplishments and strengthening our connections with mid-Missouri.”
Nevalga joined the KOMU staff and the school’s faculty in 2011 after serving as a producer and senior producer for WGN-TV and CLTV in Chicago as well as WISN 12 in Milwaukee. In addition to serving as KOMU-TV’s executive producer, she has taught courses in producing and reporting to journalism students and professionals at global conferences.
Nevalga earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from MU in 2000. She is a member of the NATAS Mid-America Emmys, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Asian American Journalism Association. She is fluent in Tagalog and proficient in Spanish. Nevalga is active in numerous University of Missouri and School of Journalism committees, including its Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
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