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Award-winning journalist Christine Byers hired as 5 On Your Side’s newest MSJ

Byers will write news of the day, including a weekly column, and work with the 5 On Your Side I-Team to turn high-profile investigative pieces for broadcast.
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ST. LOUIS — Award-winning newspaper reporter Christine Byers has been hired as a multi-skilled journalist and digital columnist at 5 On Your Side, beginning Jan. 6.

In her role, Byers will write news of the day for the station’s website, KSDK.com, including a weekly column. She will also dive into the reasons behind a controversy or problem and work with the 5 On Your Side I-Team to turn high-profile investigative pieces for broadcast and online.

“I’m grateful to TEGNA and 5 On Your Side for creating this opportunity for me. I look forward to continuing to bring the people of the St. Louis area all of the latest on crime and public safety news through different platforms,” said Byers. “St. Louis is where I’ve made my home and it’s important to me to keep this community informed.”

Byers comes to 5 On Your Side from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, where she’s worked since 2006. Since 2009, she has been a beat reporter, covering St. Louis city and county crime, courts, and police.

Before joining the Post-Dispatch, Byers worked as a reporter at the Daily Herald in Elgin, Ill.; Rockford Register Star in Rockford, Ill.; and the Peoria Journal Star in Peoria, Ill.

Byers holds numerous journalism awards for breaking news, beat reporting, feature writing, and spot news. She also co-authored a book titled, In Cold Pursuit: My Hunt for Timothy Krajcir.

“Christine brings a deep understanding of the most challenging issues facing the St. Louis region and has a track record of being one of the most aggressive, connected reporters in the city,” said Director of Content Carol Fowler. “The safety of St. Louis is one of the content priorities of 5 On Your Side, and we look forward to Christine breaking stories on her beat across our many platforms.”

Byers earned a degree in journalism with a minor in Spanish from Bradley University.

About 5 On Your Side
5 On Your Side is the NBC affiliate in St. Louis, Missouri and has been a leader in local news, information, and community involvement for more than seven decades. 5 On Your Side is owned by TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA), an innovative media company that owns and operates 62 television stations in 51 markets. To learn more about 5 On Your Side, please visit KSDK.com.

For more information contact:
Alicia Elsner, 314-444-5256

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