Meet The Team

Weather Team

Phil Schreck
Phil Schreck
Chief Meteorologist

Phil has the AMS Broadcast Seal Of Approval and is a two-time Regional Emmy Award recipient.

Aaron Doudna
Aaron Doudna
Morning Meteorologist

Aaron Doudna is an Emmy Award-winning Meteorologist at Dakota News Now.

Tyler Roney
Tyler Roney
First Alert Meteorologist

Tyler is a First Alert Meteorologist at Dakota News Now.

Austin Haskins
Austin Haskins
Weekend Meteorologist

Austin Haskins is the Weekend Meteorologist at Dakota News Now.

Sports Team

Mark Ovenden
Mark Ovenden
Sports Director

Mark Ovenden is the Sports Director at Dakota News Now.

Zach Borg
Zach Borg
Sports Reporter

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

Kevin Culhane

Kevin started in the media industry in 1978. He joined the Dakota News Now Sales Team in November of 2020. He enjoys helping clients succeed and grow their business through the many successful multimedia marketing tactics Dakota News Now has to offer their clients. Let him use his experience to help your business grow. Phone 605-336-1300

Kayla Anderson

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

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

Jacqueline Policastro
Jacqueline Policastro
Washington Bureau Chief

Jacqueline Policastro created the Gray Television Washington News Bureau in 2014. She’s covered Congress and the White House for more than a decade.

Ted Fioraliso
Ted Fioraliso
Senior Reporter/Executive Producer

Ted Fioraliso returned to Washington, D.C. in April 2016 as a senior reporter/executive producer at the Gray Television Washington News Bureau.

Peter Zampa
Peter Zampa
Multimedia Journalist

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

Alana Austin
Alana Austin
Multimedia Journalist

Alana Austin joined the Gray Television Washington News Bureau team in August 2017 after spending three years covering national and state politics in Richmond, Virginia at Gray TV's WVIR-TV.

Kyle Midura
Kyle Midura
Multimedia Journalist

Kyle Midura joined the Gray Television Washington News Bureau in September 2017 from Gray TV's WCAX-TV.

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.

Karen Daborowski

Karen Daborowski joined the Gray Television Washington News Bureau in January 2019 as a producer.

Natalie Grim
Natalie Grim
Multimedia Journalist

Natalie Grim joined the Gray Television Washington News Bureau as a multimedia journalist in June 2019.

Kristin Kasper
Kristin Kasper
Multimedia Journalist

Kristin Kasper joined the Gray Television Washington News Bureau in July of 2019 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.

Nicole Neuman
Nicole Neuman
Multimedia Journalist

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

Tyler S. Smith
Tyler S. Smith
Photojournalist/Editor

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