Meet The KVRR Team

Mariah Bush


Mariah Bush was born and raised in North Carolina. She knew at a young age that she had a passion for weather. This led her to further pursuing her career in meteorology. Upon graduating from Cherryville high school, she attended North Carolina Agriculture State University, where she received her Bachelor in Atmospheric science and Meteorology. After undergrad Mariah decided to…

Brandon Blakney


Brandon joins KVRR from North Carolina, where he previously worked as a news editor and photojournalist. KVRR is Brandon’s third station and Fargo is his first trip to the Midwest. Brandon is a passionate young reporter eager to embrace his new community, and tell the stories of the great people in the area. When Brandon isn’t in front of the…

Jim Monk

News Director

Jim was born and grew up in St. Paul, Minn. He’s wanted to work in broadcasting and journalism since he was a young child, when his interest was sparked by a tour of a Twin Cities radio station. For nearly all of his career, Jim has remained in the Midwest.  Most recently, he worked at KFGO Radio in Fargo, where…

Nick Couzin

Sports Anchor

Nick grew up just outside the Chicago city limits in a suburb called Lincolnwood. Growing up a Chicago sports fan, his fondest memories are the 2005 White Sox World Series, Devin Hester running back the opening kickoff in Super Bowl XLI and the three Stanley Cups captured by the Blackhawks in 2010, 2013 and 2015. He loved the Midwest and…

Austin Erickson

Executive Producer

Austin grew up in the small town of Albany, Minnesota. He got his first job in broadcasting at his hometown radio station AM 1150 KASM where he read farm markets and the weather, and enjoyed picking the music at The Polka Station of the Nation. Austin then went to study Mass Communications/Journalism and Political Science at Augsburg College in Minneapolis….

Adam Ladwig

Morning News Anchor, Producer, Multimedia Journalist

Adam co-anchors KVRR Local News from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Adam Ladwig joined KVRR as the Weekend Anchor/Reporter in October, 2015. Prior to that, he was the Devils Lake bureau reporter for WDAZ-TV for nearly four years. He started his journalism career at KDUH-TV in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Adam has won multiple awards for reporting, including an Eric Sevareid award…

Emily Welker

Morning News Anchor, Producer, Multimedia Journalist

Emily co-anchors KVRR Local News from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Emily Welker has made the Red River Valley her home for more than a decade. She came here just weeks after the kidnapping of UND student Dru Sjodin and covered the historic death penalty trial of her killer, convicted sex offender Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. Since then, the 2-time regional…

Alison Voorhees

News Anchor, Producer, Multimedia Journalist

Alison co-anchors KVRR Local News at 6 p.m. & 9 p.m. Alison grew up in the small town of Appleton, Minnesota. She went to Minnesota State University of Moorhead, where she studied Mass Communications. She graduated in the spring of 2011 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. While in school, she participated in MSUM’s Campus News program. Alison began working…

TJ Nelson

News Anchor, Producer, Multimedia Journalist

TJ co-anchors KVRR Local News at 6 p.m. & 9 p.m. TJ was born in Thief River Falls, MN and was raised in Newfolden, MN and Rugby, ND. He started working in radio at the age of 15 at KZZJ in Rugby. He was a “top rated” morning radio host known as “TJ the DJ” on KZPR during his college…