COLUMBUS – Columbus News Team’s Grant Otten is moving on from CNT.
Otten and his family moved to Columbus from Illinois in 1994. He graduated from Columbus High in 2009, and received a Broadcast Communications degree from Wayne State in 2014. Otten joined News Channel Nebraska later that year, where he helped launch the Columbus News Team
“Columbus News Team has been a huge piece of my life, over the past 4 years, and I part ways with the organization knowing it is in a great place for growth and success. The station has come a long ways since Brandon Aksamit and I helped launch the website in 2014, and although I am stepping aside as an employee, I am excited to see what’s next for NCN,” Otten said.
Otten is a member of the Columbus Area Chamber Commodores, as well as a Columbus Area Future Fund Member. Otten’s new employment opportunity will allow him to remain in Columbus, where he is excited to continue to be a part of the town.
“An opportunity has been made available to me, that will allow me to pursue some personal career goals, and I am excited to see where this road heads. I am glad to be staying in Columbus, as well, and I look forward to remaining involved in the community,” Otten said.
“Grant is one of our very best. He’s a fantastic journalist, and a well-respected member of the community. Even though he may be ending his full-time duties, Grant will always be a part of NCN,” News Channel Nebraska Owner Mike Flood said.
Stepping in as the new full-time reporter for the Columbus News Team will be Alex Loroff. Loroff is a native of Wisconsin, and joined News Channel Nebraska earlier this spring. Loroff has spent the last couple of weeks in Columbus, and is excited to get involved with the community.
“I am incredibly excited for the opportunity to work with the Columbus News Team, and to get to know the people of Columbus. The community has welcomed me with open arms in my short time here, and I am looking forward to seeing the heights that this ever-growing town can reach,” Loroff said.