Kent started his journalism career when he edited a grade school newsletter and he has been a news junkie ever since. His broadcast career began at a 5,000-watt AM radio station located in the middle of a cornfield (true story). Since then, he has covered local as well as national news, from natural disasters and national political conventions to local city council meetings and stories about everyday people who persevere against all the odds. His work has won several national honors, including the George F. Peabody Award, the Associated Press Broadcasters Award for Radio, the Champion-Tuck Award for Financial Reporting and the National Association of Black Journalists-St. Louis award for investigative reporting. Radio news was his first professional love and always will be.
Jill Enders is an award winning journalist. She is the proud recipient of the 2016 Missouri Broadcaster’s Association award for Best News Series. Jill won this prestigious first place award for her piece “Ferguson Year In Review.” The MBA also honored Jill in 2017 for her feature on the “Ferguson Effect.” Over the past twenty years, Jill has worn many hats in the broadcast industry. She has worked as a D.J., field reporter, production director, copywriter, airborne traffic reporter, anchor, and news bureau chief. Jill has covered a wide variety of high profile stories during her career, including the Flood of ’93, presidential debates, and the Ferguson Crisis. Jill joined the KTRS News Team in September of 2014. Jill is also a native St. Louisan and a graduate of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.
Jessica Machetta started her career in Jefferson City, Mo., where she covered the statehouse for central Missouri. The first major story she covered was the untimely death of then-Gov. Mel Carnahan. She then spent several years covering news in South Florida before moving back to Missouri to be closer to family. Breaking news, crime, courts, and politics have remained front and center throughout her career, but stories have taken her everywhere from sugarcane fields in rural Cuba, underwater ship wrecks in the Florida Straits, tornado-leveled Joplin, and the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, to the Missouri execution chamber, and riots in Ferguson. When she’s not covering news, you can usually find her hiking or biking, spending time with her ridiculously huge, scattered family, taking wide detours from the beaten path while traveling, or dancing in the kitchen with her daughters.
St. Louis first heard Rick Sanborn’s voice right here on this radio frequency 550 AM when the “Chase & Sanborn” show debuted. Since then Rick’s voice has become familiar to many listeners from the variety of AM & FM St. Louis stations where Rick has entertained and informed. He has anchored newscasts, hosted talk shows including the morning show here on KTRS. Additionally Rick has worn many ‘hats’ on music radio, including an actual cowboy hat (!) when he hosted country music radio shows, and he’s also entertained fans on rock ’n’ roll, oldies, and smooth jazz stations. To say Sanborn is a ‘music lover’ may be an understatement, Rick is consumed by music.