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A Memorial Tribute: WVVA remembers Ken White

MERCER COUNTY, W.Va. (WVVA) – Father, friend, and longtime News Director Kenneth White has passed away.

Ken was news director at WVVA for nearly two years, starting in December 2017. He was a life long ‘newsie,’ working his way through the ranks from news reporter to sports reporter and anchor before moving over to management and working in many newsrooms around this region.

WVVA’s General Manager, Frank Brady, had this to say:

“Ken’s lifelong chosen profession was news and he was great at it! He was so much more than a boss in the newsroom, he was a mentor to all those who worked for him. He will be greatly missed!”

His passion for sports and television was evident in every conversation–whether it was College Football or how to engage the viewer into this world we call news.

Anchor and producer, Joshua Bolden, paid his respects to Ken on our newscast saying,

“You were my boss when I moved from general reporter to morning anchor and producer
and helped sharpen my craft. I appreciate that. I promise I will continue to ‘make good TV.”

Ken’s co-worker, Carmen Hendrick, stated,

“Ken was a wonderful person to get to know the moment he walked through the door you felt like you had not only a reliable coworker but a good friend in him. He was passionate about a lot of things including news ,sports, music, and his family were the topics of his conversation.  He was also passionate about connecting people to other people helping those in the news room grow personally and professionally.  He was different than other news directors I had worked with in the past because he wanted sales and news to work together instead of separately.”

She continues,

“He loved people and never met a stranger. He could strike up a conversation with anyone and before you know it you felt like you were one of his good friends. He laughed often and deeply cared about the people that he worked with. Jenny and his children will be in our thoughts and prayers along with the rest of his family. Ken was one of a kind and will truly be missed by all of us here at WVVA, but I will remember him and he will remain a piece of us here at WVVA in Bluefield.”

Chief Meteorologist Katherine Thompson added,

“He would of course complain if you spelled a word wrong on a graphic, but never about his physical condition. Ken was one of the most upbeat and warm humans that I’ve had the pleasure of knowing. He knew how to give good advice, and he certainly knew how to make you laugh.”

Co-worker Ashley Sigmon added,

“He would always ask me how my Mom was doing no matter how bad he felt himself. Would always have a smile on his face. My prayers go out to his family during this difficult time.”

WVVA would like to thank him for his dedicated service and honor his memory. Our hearts go out to his wife and children. They are in our prayers.

Reporter Annie Moore says,

“Will forever admire Ken’s positive spirit and untiring work ethic. Spoke with him just a week and a half before his passing and he was just as bright, funny, and positive as he had always been. As he would often say to us, shine on buddy! We love you and will miss you.”

Bailey Pace

Social Media and Digital Content Manager

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