DRG Media Group News & Farm Director Jody Heemstra (SDARL V) has been named as the 2021 recipient of the Tom Brokaw Award, recognizing excellence in broadcasting, especially in the areas of electronic journalism and public affairs.

The award is presented cooperatively between the South Dakota Broadcasters Association and the University of South Dakota’s Contemporary Media & Journalism department and is one of South Dakota electronic journalism’s highest honors.

Jody has been with DRG Media Group since 2017.  Before that, she had worked for the South Dakota Department of Agriculture as its public relations director 2015-17, was a farm broadcaster for the Red River Farm Network from 2013-15 and was assistant news director, then farm director for KWAT/KIXX/KDLO Radio in Watertown from 2000-13.

Jody will be honored and receive her award during the South Dakota Broadcasting Association’s Leadership Conference in late July.


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