Saying goodbye to KELOLAND and South Dakota

After nearly five years at KELOLAND, this is my last week. It has been an incredible experience! I have had opportunities only someone could dream about when starting a career in television news. I produced newscasts, helped run our website and worked on the investigates team. Most recently, I had the chance to be our first Sioux Falls-based digital reporter as we shifted our business model to become #DigitalFirst.

I am so grateful for every opportunity I’ve had, the lessons learned, my mentors, the people I’ve met along the way and most importantly the friends I have made.

For those outside of KELOLAND, let me give you a little background. To say this station dominates is an understatement. It’s one of the strongest CBS affiliates in the country, has a massive geographical footprint, extremely loyal viewership and a digital platform that ranks in the top tier of the largest TV station company in the country.

Leaving at this time, especially when I feel so proud of the work being done by my team and our newsroom is very, very difficult.

However, I’ve learned over the last few months that it’s time for me to go home. I can no longer do the 500 mile drive or $500 plane ticket. Family comes first.

I have lived in the Mount Rushmore state for seven years. South Dakota will forever hold a special spot in my heart. I’m so glad Nathan is joining me on this next crazy adventure! That also means I’ll be back plenty to this beautiful state.

Saying goodbye is really hard right now, because the newsroom is empty as we social distance our way through the strangest of times.

What’s next? At the end of the month Nathan, the animals and I head to the NW suburbs of Chicago. What a bizarre time to move!

I’m going to be spending some quality time with family – at a distance – and at some point will have more to share about what’s ahead in my career too.

Thank you for all the memories from everyone I have met in KELOLAND.

By Michael Geheren

Michael Geheren is a project manager at 10up.