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Published September 18, 2013, 06:46 PM

Kevin Wallevand’s 30 years at WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - We have three familiar faces that combine for nearly a century on the air. Dana shared his 30-year history with WDAY history, John Wheeler is coming up and then there's our award winning reporter Kevin Wallevand.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - As WDAY celebrates 60 years on the air, we celebrate the people who have been such a big part of its success - and there are many.

We have three familiar faces that combine for nearly a century on the air. Dana shared his 30 year history with WDAY history, John Wheeler is coming up and then there's our award winning reporter Kevin Wallevand.

Kevin Wallevand has spent 30 years telling the stories that have shaped the Valley.

From breaking news, to the bizarre to the stories that tug at our heartstrings, he has a way with words unlike any other.

Kevin Wallevand: “When you can combine writing with good pictures and good video and good sound, then it's such a great marriage.”

This modest reporter from Vining, Minnesota has dedicated his life to this area. He knew at a young age journalism was his calling.

Wallevand: “I used to have a cardboard box and I'd actually sit at the box and pretend to do the news. I used to imitate Irving R. Levine. He was a business correspondent with a bowtie for NBC.”

He chased his dream. He started at WDAY first as an intern and then part time while he was still in college.

Wallevand: “We interned Monday through Friday and then worked Saturday Sunday so it was a seven day a week job basically.”

Over three decades, this globe-trotting reporter has touched our hearts with amazing stories. Medical missions to Peru, Haiti and Mongolia, he followed a soldier’s emotional journey back to Vietnam.

Wallevand: “And when we climbed that hill with them and we were on top of that hill, I can't even describe it to this day.”

He made trips to the Middle East to cover the wars in Kosovo and Iraq and tracked quilts made here in the Valley to Africa.

Wallevand: “We ended up landing in a U.N. plane in the middle of a war zone so I'm pretty sure 'DAY didn't know that was going to happen. So we lived in this refugee camp for a week and there were landmines going on, there was a civil war going on and we came to cover a quilt and here we were in the middle of a civil war.”

Despite the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award and two Emmy awards, there have been six nominations, it's as much about what he behind the scenes to help young reporters and shape our newscasts.

Wallevand: “I'm sure people can sit back and go, you know, wow you still work in Fargo. I've never been ashamed of that, ever. I've been able to travel the world and do stories that I think are fun and interesting and met great people.”

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