KEYC News 12 Announces Newscast Expansion in 2018

KEYC News 12 Announces Newscast Expansion in 2018

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                October 3, 2017

Contact: Marvin Rhodes, KEYC News 12 General Manager, (507)625-7905,

KEYC News 12 announced plans today for a new hour-long morning newscast to debut in January 2018.

“KEYC News 12 This Morning” will air live weekdays from 6 to 7 AM and will be anchored by Lisa Cownie, Kelsey Barchenger and Meteorologist Tom Clements.

Marvin Rhodes, General Manager of KEYC News 12, says, “With the addition of our new morning newscast, KEYC News 12 will present more than 22 hours of local news, weather and sports each week.”
News Director Mitch Keegan added, “Mornings are an important time of the day for people to learn about the day ahead of them as they get ready to head off to work or school.”

KEYC News 12 knows weather is a key part of any newscast and has invested in the newest weather forecasting technology.  Combined with the station’s network of HD skycams, viewers will know how the constantly changing weather of the region will impact their day.

Lisa Cownie brings more than 20 years of news experience to the anchor seat, many of those years spent in a variety of roles at KEYC News 12 including being a former anchor/producer for “KEYC News 12 Midday.”  She is proud to call southern Minnesota home and is actively involved with numerous organizations throughout the region.

Kelsey Barchenger is a familiar face to viewers.  She’ll expand her role from the Mid-Day News to include KEYC News 12 This Morning.  Kelsey is a southern Minnesota native, growing up in Elysian and graduating from Gustavus Adolphus College.  She understands southern Minnesota and northern Iowa having spent her entire life in the region.

Tom Clements brings more than five years of experience in morning weather to KEYC News 12.  Clements says with a morning newscast and the station’s new tools, he will bring the residents of southern Minnesota and northern Iowa their most accurate forecast.

“KEYC News 12 This Morning” will be followed by the fastest growing network morning newscast, “CBS This Morning” anchored by Charlie Rose, Norah O’Donnell and Gayle King, from 7 to 9 AM.

KEYC News 12, a CBS and FOX Affiliate serving southern Minnesota and northern Iowa since 1960, is part of family-owned United Communications Corporation based in Kenosha, Wisconsin. 


More News

United Communications Corporation

Member of the WWNY Family is Retiring after 33 Years of Service

A valued employee, Jeff Dawley, is retiring as of January 5, 2018.  A truly sad day for UCC because Jeff represents all that WWNY and UCC stand for. Jeff always accepts change and spreads good cheer! Below is a link to the... MORE >>>

United Communications Corporation

WWNY-TV 7 News Announces Expansion in 2018

The North Country’s News Station is announcing today plans for a 5pm newscast “First at 5,” which will debut in early 2018.

“First at 5” will air live weekdays... MORE >>>

United Communications Corporation

Lake Geneva Regional News Welcomes New Editor

Please join UCC and our divisions in welcoming Scott Williams as our new editor at the Lake Geneva Regional News! Below is a link to an article all about Scott and his journey to becoming part of the UCC community!

MORE >>>

United Communications Corporation

UCC’s Accountant – Natasha Evans – Becomes New Board Member at UW Platteville Alumni Association

Natasha Evans, Untied Communication Corporation’s Accounts Payable Accountant, is enriching her hometown community of Platteville, Wisconsin by becoming a new board member at her ala mater UW Platteville. She will be serving... MORE >>>

United Communications Corporation


WWNY/WNYF-TV is pleased to announce that is has been awarded three separate honors by the New York State Broadcasters Association in the 51st Excellence in Broadcasting competition. The station received awards in three... MORE >>>