September 09, 2011 15:35 ET

KARE 11 Names Jane Helmke News Director

News Veteran Has 28 Years of Experience With Station

GOLDEN VALLEY, MN--(Marketwire - Sep 9, 2011) - KARE 11 announced today that long-time KARE veteran and award-winning news journalist Jane Helmke has been promoted to News Director. Helmke has worked for the station in many capacities during the past 28 years.

"Jane is a true leader, and her dedication and commitment to both our viewers and our news team will help us continue to be the most watched station in the Twin Cities," said John Remes, KARE 11 President and General Manager. "She's played a critical role in making KARE 11 the station that people trust to deliver their news and information both on television and online, and we look forward to her continued leadership."

Helmke has served as the interim news director since May, and for the past 28 years has worked in almost every department in the newsroom including production, news and sports, special projects producer and managing editor, where she worked primarily with digital platforms, including overseeing,,, and mobile ventures.

Most recently, Helmke was instrumental in developing and launching KARE 11's Share in it All campaign, which engages KARE 11 audiences in the Twin Cities and throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin by encouraging the contribution of community stories to the newscasts and KARE's social media channels.

"We have an amazingly talented team that is committed to providing quality, relevant news and information delivered with integrity and I am thrilled to be a part of it," Helmke said. "I look forward to building the future of our industry together, providing our community with the information that they want and need across every platform."

In the most recent Nielson Ratings for July 2011, KARE 11 finished number one in the 24-54 demographic for all evening newscasts, which includes the KARE 11 News at 5 p.m., KARE 11 News at 6 p.m. and KARE 11 News at 10 p.m. In addition, KARE 11 was the only station to show share growth over May 2011 in all evening newscasts.

KARE 11 is owned by Gannett Co., Inc.

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