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Jack Kuenzie

Jack Kuenzie is Senior Reporter for WIS News. He joined the station in July, 1984.

With more than 35 years in broadcast journalism, Jack is one of the most experienced reporters in the southeast. He began his career at KFMP radio in Cape Girardeau, Missouri as news director after graduating from the prestigious broadcast journalism program at the University of Missouri.

In 1977, Jack moved from KFMP to work as state government and political reporter, anchor, and producer for WHO Radio in Des Moines, Iowa.

In 1982, he made the switch to full-time television news, joining WSJV-TV in South Bend, Indiana, where he worked as a reporter and anchor. He left WSJV in 1984 to come to Columbia and WIS.

In 1988, Jack was named South Carolina's TV Journalist of the Year by the Radio and Television News Directors Association of the Carolinas. In 1992, he was cited by the SC Department of Corrections for his help in resolving a prison hostage crisis. His work has appeared on NBC, MSNBC, CNN, ABC, the BBC and in countless other print, broadcast and online media. He has reported on a wide range of major stories including the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger, the devastation of Hurricane Hugo, the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope, the trials of state lawmakers during Operation Lost Trust, the crash of USAir flight 1016, the arrest and trial of Susan Smith, the Graniteville train crash, the lowering of the Confederate flag and the raising of the CSS Hunley. He played a key role in helping the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division re-capture a convicted murderer. He has covered every man who has held the U.S. presidency from Nixon to Obama. His reporting assignments have taken him from the White House to the state's toughest prisons to the cockpit of an F-16 fighter jet. He has also covered an Easter egg hunt.

Jack and his wife Amy live in the Irmo area having raised two highly responsible and well-behaved USC students. They continue to coexist with an unruly pack of wild canines and a mysterious, indestructible fish. He runs the occasional marathon and otherwise spends time weightlifting, mountain and road biking, riding his motorcycle and messing up his computers. He is a devoted baseball and hockey fan and refuses to abandon his belief that the St. Louis Blues will win the Stanley Cup in his lifetime. 

In the meantime, his dog Bart continues to show remarkable patience with Jack's lifelong struggle to play guitar like Albert King.

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