Steve Grant started anchoring and reporting for KY3-TV in Springfield, Mo. just after his 20th birthday, bringing his radio days in high school to the news desk. Among his professional awards, his most cherished honor is “Distinguished Alumnus of Evangel University” in 2010. Off camera, Steve Grant has passed the ketchup to former President Nixon at a Caribbean café’… prayed The Lord’s Prayer with Pope John Paul II during a private audience… was kissed on the cheek by Paul Harvey (as personal thanks from the famous news commentator’s wife Angel)… and received prayer beads from the Dalai Lama after the Tibetan spiritual leader’s Arkansas visit in 2011. Finding, covering and introducing the interesting lives, greatest struggles, and best days of people across southern Missouri and northern Arkansas drives his work and all of the KY3 newsteam. Over the years, Steve's assignments have taken him to every city, town and county in the viewing area. As a traveling correspondent, he has reported from New York City, Washington, D.C., Hollywood and the Vatican.
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Kat Robinson is a food and travel writer based in Little Rock, Ark. She writes Eat Arkansas, the blog for food lovers for the Arkansas Times. She also writes Tie Dye Travels, her syndicated column and blog about her journeys both in and out of Arkansas. Tie Dye Travels is also featured on KARK's Arkansas Matters website, and Kat appears on KARK Today at Noon monthly. Before starting her writing career in 2007, Kat produced and wrote for several Arkansas-based television and radio outlets, including an eight year stint producing Today's THV This Morning. These days, she travels Arkansas and the South searching for good stories, tall tales and the next great little restaurant. Kat is the 2011 recipient of the Henry Award for Media Support, presented annually to a distinguished individual or organization for extraordinary attention to and/or support of Arkansas’s tourism industry through the use of media, by the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. She is also the 2011 award winner for Best Freelance Writing for a Large Daily in the Arkansas Press Association's Better Newspaper Editorial Contest, for her November 2010 in-depth article and web coverage Eat Arkansas, For Breakfast.
Tim Tibbs, Production and Operations Manager for KTLO 97.9 FM and 1240 AM, Classic Hits 101.7, 99.7 The Boot, and KTLO.com in Mountain Home Arkansas. He hosts The Trading Post Monday thru Friday on Classic Hits 101.7 and KTLO AM 1240, the most listened to show in North Central Arkansas. Tim also loves to cook with his daughter Lisa, a Le Cordon Bleu trained chef, and has had a few original recipes published in cook books. Tim is also a Three time winner of the Peoples choice award, and current Champion at the Arkansas State Championship Hillbilly Chili Cook-off.
Non cooking accolades include the Community Service Award, and many other awards from the Associated Press as part of the news staff for KTLO 97.9 FM and 1240 AM, Classic Hits 101.7, 99.7 The Boot, and KTLO.com for the past Twenty Two years.
Mike Bishop, President/CEO of the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce is one of Eureka Springs and Arkansas’ best ambassadors. Through his work with the chamber and his own tourism business interests he has traveled throughout the United States entertaining and promoting the Ozark Mountains as a favorite vacation destination. Mike is also recognized throughout the Ozarks region as a popular entertainer. He and his wife Dale own and operate the Pine Mountain Theater music and comedy show in Eureka Springs, where they headline the 2 ½ hour production performing nightly except Sunday from March through mid-December. Upon taking over the Pine Mountain Theater operations, Mike became involved in tourism promotion for Eureka Springs serving as a board member of the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce and the Northwest Arkansas Tourist Association, the Mayors Tourism Task Force, the Eureka Springs Tourism Coop, and is an active member of the Arkansas Hospitality Association.
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Tom Trtan can be seen on "Ozarks Live!" every Monday through Friday on KOLR10. It's the Ozarks' lifestyle program where, along with his co-host Shannon Fox, he gets to speak to and interact with some of the most interesting people in the area. From firing a Civil War cannon, to riding a wave-runner (in full dress suit) on Tablerock Lake, every show brings something new and interesting. A native of Northwest Indiana, he first came to Missouri in the early 70's to sing and dance at Six Flags in St. Louis followed by a stint at Worlds of Fun in Kansas City. After couple of years working on stage at The Waldo Astoria and Tiffany's Attic he returned to Indiana and played in a band until 1983. That's when he made the move to Springfield and began working at KOLR10 in 1985 as the station announcer and public service director but soon was tapped to assume weather duties on our Midday News. Wanting to know more of the how and why of weather, he enrolled in classes through Mississippi State University for certification in Broadcast Meteorology, parlaying this into 17 years of waking up at 2:15 a.m. to bring viewers his forecast every Monday through Friday morning.