Meet The Team

Marketing Team

Mara Walter

Mara joined the sales team two days after graduating from Augustana in 2005 and has not looked back. She can talk automotive in one meeting and the latest trends in the healthcare, grocery or HVAC industry in the next! She enjoys finding the best solution for each client from the many platforms the Dakota News Now has to offer. Phone: 605-336-1300

Eric Hotz

Eric started his career in advertising in 2005 after graduating from the University of South Dakota. Initially going to college for computer science, he quickly realized his true passion lied in helping businesses grow. Eric's passion helps to find that great marketing idea that makes businesses stand out from the competition. Phone: 605-336-1300

Leah Jones

Since 2007, Leah has helped fabulous and passionate business owners SHINE on all media platforms! She creates results-driven digital and broadcast marketing strategies for small businesses, entrepreneurs, corporations, non-profits, and ad agencies that can catapult them to expert status in their niche! Phone: 605-336-1300

Beth Knutson

Beth has been with Dakota News Now since 2012. She loves building a rapport and long-term relationships with clients, by working with them to build multimedia marketing campaigns. Connecting clients with their target customers and contributing to their success by going the extra mile is her ultimate goal each day. Phone: 605-336-1300

Arrin Weinkauf

Arrin joined the Dakota News Now Sales Team in 2020. Her years as a media buyer gives her a unique outlook on how to integrate multiple platforms to reach an audience no matter the time, place or device. She enjoys each step of the journey from brainstorming to results and is dedicated to helping clients grow their business. Phone: 605-336-1300

Kayla Kennedy

Kayla joined Dakota News Now in September of 2021. Kayla loves to build long-term relationships with clients and create customized multimedia marketing campaigns for local businesses. Kayla is driven to meet the needs of all clients to ensure success for each business she works with. Phone: 605-336-1300

Olivia Gunderson

Olivia joined the Dakota News Now team in October of 2022. She finds joy in helping businesses grow and is motivated by seeing her clients succeed. This determination helps Olivia work with her clients to create a unique and optimized multimedia marketing campaign. Phone: 605-336-1300

Ali Meier
Ali Meier
Multimedia Market Executive

Ali joined the sales team in 2022. She enlisted into the US Army Reserves after high school & hopes to continue to serve for 20 years. She understands each business is different requires its own unique plan. Her passion for helping others is what motivates her to ensure a business’s needs & goals are not only met, but exceeded. Phone: 605-336-1300

Management

Jim Berman
Jim Berman
President & General Manager

Jim became the President and General Manager of Dakota News Now in 2010, and he says it was the best move he’s ever made! One of the most gratifying parts of his job is working with the Dakota News Now sales team and their clients to develop and support solutions that help their businesses grow. Phone: 605-373-7313

Michael Cornette
Michael Cornette
General Sales Manager

Michael started his journey in media back in 1990 at KSOO radio in Sioux Falls, spent time doing TV sales in Kansas City, then directed three sales teams in Montana. In 2013, he became Dakota News Now General Sales Manager. His over 30 years in marketing have taught him the correct advertising can change behaviors. Phone: 605-373-7340

Dannette Tobin
Dannette Tobin
Local Sales Manager

Dannette has been in broadcast since 2011. Starting as an account executive, she quickly found a passion of working with local businesses and transitioned to the Local Sales Manager. She loves teaming up with local businesses to launch the most effective marketing strategy using broadcast and digital elements. Phone: 605-373-7327

Kaig  Havrevold
Kaig Havrevold
Director of Digital Marketing

Kaig joined the Dakota News Now team in 2018 as the Director of Digital Marketing. He loves assisting the team to come up with the perfect, custom digital marketing plan for each client. By utilizing the best strategies in the industry, Kaig can create a campaign that will get any client’s ad in front of their ideal consumer. Phone: 605-336-1300

Gray DC Bureau

Peter Zampa
Peter Zampa
Multimedia Journalist

Peter Zampa joined the Gray Television Washington News Bureau in June 2015 as a multimedia journalist.

Timothy Knapp
Timothy Knapp
Supervisor of Videography

Timothy Knapp joined the Gray Television Washington News Bureau in September 2018 as Studio Manager and Photojournalist. He now serves as Supervisor of Videography.

Tyler S. Smith
Tyler S. Smith
Photojournalist/Editor

Tyler Smith joined the Gray Television Washington News Bureau in July 2019 as a photojournalist/editor.

Nicole Neuman
Nicole Neuman
Multimedia Journalist

Nicole Neuman joined the Gray Television Washington News Bureau in June 2021 as a multimedia journalist.

David Ade
David Ade
Multimedia Journalist

David Ade returned to the Gray Television Washington News Bureau in July 2021 as a multimedia journalist. He previously worked at the Bureau from 2017-2019.

Jamie Bittner
Jamie Bittner
Multimedia Journalist

Jamie Bittner joined the Gray Television Washington News Bureau in December 2021.

Priscilla Huff
Priscilla Huff
Managing Editor

Priscilla Huff is the Managing Editor for the Washington, DC Bureau. She joined the Gray Television in January 2022 as a producer.

Brendan Cullerton
Brendan Cullerton
Multimedia Journalist

Brendan Cullerton joined the Gray Television Washington News Bureau in March 2022 as a multimedia journalist after spending four years covering state, local, and federal politics for the CBS affiliate in Milwaukee.

Molly Martinez
Molly Martinez
Multimedia Journalist

Molly Martinez rejoined Gray Television in March 2022 as a multimedia journalist in the Washington News Bureau. She previously covered politics at Gray TV's KFYR-TV in Bismarck, N.D.

Josh Rultenberg
Josh Rultenberg
Multimedia Journalist

Josh Rultenberg joined the Gray Television Washington News Bureau in July 2022 as a multimedia journalist.

Jon Decker
Jon Decker
White House Correspondent and Senior National Editor

Jon Decker is the White House Correspondent and Senior National Editor for Gray Television and has been a member of the White House Press Corps since 1995.

Investigate TV

Lee Zurik

Lee leads Gray Television’s National Investigative Team. Lee also works as an Evening News Anchor and Chief Investigative Reporter at WVUE.

Jamie Grey
Jamie Grey
Managing Editor of Investigations

Jamie is InvestigateTV's managing editor. She coordinates content and produces stories with a particular passion for digging into government programs and waste, health care policy and education.

Greg Phillips
Greg Phillips
Executive Producer of Investigations

Greg specializes in consumer investigations and stories exposing scams and rip-offs.

Rachel DePompa
Rachel DePompa
Consumer Investigative Reporter

Rachel is an investigative journalist with more than 20 years’ experience.

Joce Sterman
Joce Sterman
Investigative Reporter

Joce is a national investigative reporter focused on accountability reporting on the failures of government agencies, product flaws and other transparency issues.

Caresse Jackman
Caresse Jackman
National Consumer Investigative Reporter

Caresse Jackman is a national consumer investigative reporter with a focus on exposing scams and digging into consumer concerns.

John Decker
John Decker
White House Correspondent and Senior National Editor

Jon Decker is the White House Correspondent and Senior National Editor for Gray Television and has been a member of the White House Press Corps since 1995.

Jill Riepenhoff
Jill Riepenhoff
Investigative Producer

Jill is an investigative producer with decades of experience reporting on health, safety and corruption.

Emily Featherston
Emily Featherston
Investigative Producer

Emily is an investigative journalist with a background in several forms of media and an MBA in business management.

Owen Hornstein
Owen Hornstein
Investigative Videographer and Editor

Owen tries to bring a modern and cinematic look to investigative storytelling with dynamic and engaging animations and videography.

Scotty Smith
Scotty Smith
Investigative Photojournalist

Scotty is an investigative photojournalist based in Washington DC.

Daniela Molina
Daniela Molina
Investigative Producer

Daniela is a bilingual investigative producer for InvestigateTV.

Daniel Heffner

Daniel Heffner is a Special Projects Producer for NBC12. He started his career in Lynchburg, Virginia in 2010, and joined NBC12 in 2013.