Don Brinkerhoff began his broadcasting career in 1994 in Cedar City, where he was hired to schedule the station’s commercials and run the board for station broadcasts. It didn’t take long before he was writing newscasts and reporting on everything from the police beat to city council meetings. In 1997, Brinkerhoff was recruited to Salt Lake to serve as an assistant news director, reporter, and afternoon news anchor for a new radio news/talk station.
When the company decided to close its newsroom in 2000, Brinkerhoff came to KSL and began working as the overnight editor. Being the only ‘live’ body in the newsroom overnight means Brinkerhoff gets to do it all. He operates the control board, keeping the station’s programming on the air. He edits the news scripts for use during Utah’s Morning News. And he gets to cover any stories that break overnight.
In 201, Brinkerhoff was asked to be the operations team lead in addition to his overnight responsibilities; taking over supervision of KSL’s board operators; taking responsibility for the station’s holiday programming, and execution of BYU sports broadcasts.
Brinkerhoff is a martial arts instructor and has earned a seventh-degree black belt in the Kamagong martial arts system. In 2004, he was inducted into the Filipino Martial Arts Hall of Fame as Instructor of the Year. In 2001, the Excel Karate League declared Brinkerhoff the Judge of the Year.
But he may be best known for his Superman fanaticism. He’s read Superman comic books and collected Superman memorabilia since he was a little kid, and most people wonder if he’s ever grown up.
Brinkerhoff and his wife Alayna have been married for nearly 27 years and have five children and one grandchild.
Contact him at email@example.com.
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