Mountain West Announces Staff Hiring

Oct. 16, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson has announced the hiring of Jesse Kurtz as the executive producer of the MW Digital Network.

In his role at the Mountain West, Kurtz will be responsible for supervising the creation of unique audio and visual content for the Conference's new digital network. In addition to serving as the network's anchor, Kurtz will produce weekly news content and features on the Conference and its member institutions.

Kurtz comes to the Mountain West after spending the last 10 years as a sports reporter at CBS affiliate KKTV in Colorado Springs. He served as the station's weekend anchor for seven years before being promoted to sports director in December 2009. During his time at KKTV, Kurtz was responsible for the planning and assignment of stories for the sports department, as well as providing all of the sports content for the station's website. He also helped launch a series of highlight shows, serving as producer and anchor for Friday Night End Zone and Full Court Press, which covered high school sports in Southern Colorado, as well as a Denver Broncos/NFL weekly special entitled Double Coverage.

A five-time regional Edward R. Murrow Award winner, Kurtz was recognized by the organization with a national award for sports reporting in 2010. He has been nominated for four Emmy Awards, and has received 17 Associated Press Awards. Named the Colorado Broadcaster's Association Sportscaster of the Year five times in his career, he was also voted as the 2006 Media Person of the Year by the Colorado High School Athletic Directors Association. In addition to his duties at KKTV, Kurtz has worked as a sideline reporter for nationally-televised NFL games and college basketball contests.

Kurtz served as a Top 25 voter for College Football's Harris Poll from 2007-2010. He is also active in the Southern Colorado community volunteering his time for local charities and the Sportswomen of Colorado where he serves on the state selection committee for the annual awards banquet.

Before joining KKTV, Kurtz spent two years as a sports reporter and anchor at KCAU-TV in Sioux City, Iowa. A native of Arvada, Colo., Kurtz graduated Cum Laude from Colorado State University in 2000 with a double-major in Technical Journalism and Speech Communication.