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Gallagher leaving TV news after 19 years

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After more than three years at KWWL and 19 years as a journalist, Jerry Gallagher will be leaving the TV business. 

Jerry will be leaving at the end of the year to pursue a career with a more family-friendly schedule. 

"After working for 15 years on either a 2-11 p.m. or 2-11 a.m. shift, I was looking for a schedule that was a better fit for my family," Jerry said.

Gallagher's career as a journalist spans 19 years, getting a taste for the business as a KWWL intern in 1996 as he pursued a degree at UNI.

Jerry worked in Sioux City as a reporter and anchor. He also served as an assistant news director and anchor at KWWL's sister station in Eau Claire, Wisconsin (WQOW) before returning to KWWL in 2014. 

Through Jerry's time at KWWL, he's played a key role in big-story coverage and received a number of accolades.

He won a Midwest Regional EMMY in 2015 for his story Brothers in Arms, about his father's trip on an Honor Flight. Jerry has been nominated for several of his special reports, including: Tracking the Tax and Eyewitness Test. He played a pivotal role in KWWL's coverage of the 2016 floods and the Iowa Caucuses.

Jerry also traveled to Washington, D.C. in 2015 to cover the historic swearing-in of Senator Joni Ernst, Iowa's first woman to hold the office.

"KWWL was the station I grew up watching and knew -- from the time I was 8 years old -- this is where I wanted to be.  It's been an incredible experience to have spent the last few years at a place I love," said Jerry.

He will leave behind a strong journalistic influence on many members of the KWWL team. 

“Jerry is the consummate professional who has made a significant contribution to KWWL and Quincy Media through his excellent journalism and communication skills. While we are sad Jerry is leaving, we respect his decision to chart a new career path after 15 years behind the desk. We wish Jerry and his family the best,” said KWWL General Manager Jim McKernan. 

Jerry and his family will continue to call the Cedar Valley home. 

He will continue to anchor the KWWL News at Noon through the end of the year. 

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