In The News

The Challenge Created by Hurricane Michael
RTDNA – October 2018
I spent the last work week in Panama City helping guide the exhausted but determined team of journalists at the station. I’ve helped organize coverage of major news events before, but this was different. In this case, the employees themselves were also victims.

KARK Goes RVing To Introduce New Anchor
TVNewsCheck – August 2018
I have never seen a more unusual, creative and fun way to introduce a news anchor to a new position.

1037-the-buzz-babe-bracket-screenshot.jpgBye-Bye Babe: A Controversial Contest Goes Nameless
Arkansas Business – February 2018
The Babe Bracket had drawn questions about once every five years, Acri said, but KARK News Director Austin Kellerman ignited the current uproar early this month with a blog post saying that the contest should end.

Radio Station Blasted For ‘Babe Bracket’ That Ranks Female Journalists On Looks
Huffington Post – February 2018
“The days of referring to educated women who serve as role models to our children as ‘babes’ are over. It’s time to evolve with the times,” said KARK news director Austin Kellerman.

Wrong About Head Hog, Then Getting It Right
Arkansas Business – December 2017
That’s precisely what KARK News Director Austin Kellerman did last week after his Pig Trail Nation brand jumped the gun…

aktwitterMoments of Hope and Inspiration Rise Above the Chaos of Harvey
New York Times – August 2017
More than any hurricane before it, Harvey struck at a time when almost anyone can document their own experiences through social media.The world has been able to see some of the dramatic rescues and acts of altruism that might otherwise have gone unnoticed.

Little Rock Station Gets New Set
Newscaststudio – August 2017
Little Rock’s NBC affiliate KARK, owned by Nexstar, has debuted a new set that uses an asymmetrical layout to create a unique look.

C86irAJVYAAxWBa.jpg-large-768x576KARK Hosts Third Regional Nexstar Training Day
TVNewsCheck – April 2017
The annual training day is the brainchild of KARK News Director Austin Kellerman and Jerry Walsh, Nexstar’s director of local content development.

Watch TVSpy This Week to See How One Local Station Owns Facebook Live – March 2017
In this episode of TVSpy This Week, we talk to Little Rock NBC and Fox affiliate KARK-KLRT about owning the market when it comes to Facebook Live. Find out why they say it fits into what you’re already doing in the field.

kark-klrt-toddlersNews Director Looking for Solutions After 2 Toddlers Die in Shootings
TVSpy – December 2016
Little Rock, Ark. news director Austin Kellerman is fed up and looking for solutions after two toddlers were shot to death within weeks of each other.

KARK Leads Little Rock Social Media by a Hair
NetNewsCheck – December 2016
It’s a neck-and-neck race for Nextstar’s KARK and Tegna’s KTHV in Little Rock, Ark., where the former holds a razor thin lead on social media performance according to Shareablee data. Both outlets explain that Facebook Live is a key emerging tool in stoking engagement and powering their performance.

KARK Channel 4 Wins Local ‘Cage Night’ Election Battleyleh
Arkansas Business, November 2016
Austin Kellerman, news director for KARK and its sister station, KLRT, known as Fox16, said the station had made political reporting a top priority over the past years. “From hosting debates to series on medical marijuana to exposing issues in the election process, we positioned ourselves for these results.”

KARK Little Rock: A Facebook Selfie
TV News Check,  November 2016
“If the news director plays a key role in what we do on social media each day,” said Kellerman, “it sends a clear message on its importance in our newsroom. Social media is the fastest-growing platform for our content, so it’s a key focus of our team.”

Catholics You Want to Know: Austin & Laura Kellerman
Arkansas Catholic, January 2016
“Being there when they need someone, whether it’s a severe weather issue and you’re giving them lifesaving information to protect themselves or whether it’s educational things that help them make decisions on where they take their kids to school or safety trends; I enjoy that aspect of it. For us, it’s something new every day.”

Millennial Leadership Changing the Management Game
CBN News, July 2015
Knowledge of all things digital stands out to companies needing to compete in that arena. That helped seal the deal for Austin Kellerman, who took the job of news director at Little Rock’s NBC and FOX television stations.