School: University of Missouri
Hometown: Springfield, Mo.
Year Joined KRCG 13: 1982
Kermit Miller got his first job in broadcast news as a high school junior, working as a photographer for Springfield powerhouse KY3. He has watched the news-gathering industry evolve from telephone calls, typewriters, and 16mm film to electronic tablets, social media, digital memory cards. Despite those technical and social changes, Kermit believes the goal in newscasting has remained the same: to tell interesting stories in an accurate and understandable manner.
Kermit came to KRCG 13 after three and a half years at KCBJ (now KMIZ) in Columbia, MO. At KRCG, Kermit has focused on state government reporting in Missouri's capital city. However, his career has included a variety of assignments and experiences. He twice followed the Missouri National Guard to Central America, to document both military training and hurricane relief projects there. In October of 2000, he captained KRCG 13's coverage of the death of Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan in an airplane crash during Carnahan's campaign for the U.S. Senate. That included live coverage of the funeral service that brought President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore, their wives, and many other Washington dignitaries to Jefferson City. KRCG 13's coverage was recognized with an Edward R. Murrow award.
Nearly a decade earlier, the Missouri Broadcasters Association awarded Kermit's handling of a story in which a man came to the KRCG studios to confess to a murder then under investigation. Kermit was also there when the Great Flood of 1993 held much of mid-Missouri captive and tested KRCG's ability to deliver news without smartphone technology or reporter access to the television station in Callaway County.
Kermit and his wife, Julie, have made central Missouri their home for nearly four decades. They have raised a son, Colin, who is now an athletic trainer for a Kansas City hospital. Most KRCG 13 viewers are aware of Kermit's interest in military aviation and his passion for watching hockey. What viewers might not realize is that Kermit is still "hands on" with the stories he reports, from shooting his own video, to writing and editing both the information and the images involved. He says that is what got him into broadcast news to begin with, and what keeps him here.