Respected 9News political reporter Adam Schrager, who is leaving the local NBC affiliate after 12 years for a public broadcasting channel in Wisconsin, drew a bipartisan crowd to his going-away party over the weekend at the Edgewater Inn, including Congressman Ed Perlmutter and former Congressman Bob Beauprez. Former state Senator Chris Romer, who is running for Denver mayor, was also among the notable guests, along with a few other competing journos: Eli Stokols of Fox News and Joe Hanel of the Durango Herald, reports the Denver Post. Schrager was also honored by the state House of Representatives on Friday in a tribute (video via State Bill News).
Back at 9News, reporters Chris Vanderveen, Kyle Clark, and Matt Flener will pick up the slack, hosting YourShow, which airs on Channel 20 (via ColoradoPols). Another change: The program will air monthly, rather than weekly. But there’s plenty of new blood in local broadcast journalism, such as Dominic Garcia, a former football player at Thomas Jefferson High and Colorado State University, who returns to his native Denver to work for CBS4, notes the Post. Meanwhile, aside from National Weatherman’s Day, News7’s Mike Nelson recently celebrated word that his son, Anders, has been hired as a weather reporter for Channel 31 in Colorado Springs, writes Westword. “It’s sort of like I’m passing the baton,” the elder Nelson says. “Or passing the thermometer.”