Meet The KVRR Team

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

Social Media Coordinator

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…

Burleigh Holder


Raised in Minnesota with much of his adult life spent in Fargo, Burleigh Holder is a visual storyteller that is distinctly Midwestern. Graduating from North Dakota State University, Burleigh spent time as an entrepreneur in media services for several years before deciding to try his hand at broadcasting. Burleigh started his studio career at KVRR in 2019. Categories: Meet The…

Nick Couzin

Sports Director

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…

Marshall Downing

Morning Meteorologist

Marshall Downing came to Fargo in May of 2018 as a graduate of Mississippi State University. As a military kid, he traveled across the country growing up and got a taste for connecting with others and scientific curiosity. This combination led to a career in Broadcast Meteorology. He is excited to add North Dakota to the list of places that…

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….

Joe Radske

News Director

Joe was born and raised in the Midwest. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Journalism has been his passion all his life. He was a sports reporter/photojournalist in Madison, Wisconsin before stepping behind the camera as a producer/assignment editor. Joe’s joined news teams in Milwaukee, Green Bay, Indianapolis and Minneapolis. While at KMSP in the…

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…

Rob Kupec

Chief Meteorologist

Rob is originally from Connecticut and received a B.S. in Atmospheric Science from the State University of New York at Albany. He and his family moved to the F-M area in 2000. Rob worked at WDAY-TV in Fargo for over 10 years as a weather anchor, reporter and even occasional radio host. He became Chief Meteorologist at KVRR News in…