J.R. Oppenheim

J.R. Oppenheim

September 21, 2017 08:50 PM

Just the Facts


Position: Web producer

Year Hired at KOB 4: April 2015

First TV Appearance: My grandmother once worked on the local effort to elect George H.W. Bush in Nebraska in the 90s and she was interviewed by a local station. I remember sitting in on that interview when I was a kid.

Other TV jobs/markets/stations: This is my first television gig. I previously worked as a sports reporter for the Star-Herald in Scottsbluff, Nebraska; as the staff photographer for the Alamogordo (N.M.) Daily News; and as the men's basketball beat writer/managing editor for the Daily Lobo at the University of New Mexico.

First Reporting Story: A game recap for a local summer-league baseball team in Gering, Nebraska

Favorite News Story: Covering the Mountain West Basketball Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada

Most Memorable Interview: My first big interview was with then-Nebraska head football coach Bill Callahan.

Role Model/Most Admired: Tom Joles

Why I'm A Journalist: I firmly believe the notion that the press is the fourth estate and it's our role to keep the powerful honest and accountable. We work for the public and ask the questions they can't.

Most proud of: Graduating from the University of New Mexico summa cum laude with a dual degree in journalism and history, minoring in political science.

Favorite thing about New Mexico: New Mexican cuisine, unique culture, White Sands National Monument

Why I fell in love with New Mexico: I grew up an Air Force brat, but my dad got out when I was in the fifth grade and we moved from Cannon Air Force Base in Clovis to Rio Rancho. This is the closest thing to a hometown I've got.

Alma Mater: University of New Mexico

Hometown: Rio Rancho, New Mexico; born in Scottsbluff, Nebraska

Height: 5 feet, 10 inches

Star Sign: Libra

Kids: N/A

Pets: N/A

Siblings: Two younger brothers, Jeremy and Jordan. Both work at General Mills.

Hobbies: Reading books about political dystopia, science fiction, history or alternate history; gaming (board games, card games, tabletop games, video games); snowboarding; yoga; comic book movies

Favorite Food: Steak and baked potatoes (that's probably the Nebraskan in me).

Red or Green: Depends on the dish and my mood.

Favorite Sports Team: San Francisco 49ers are really the only team I cheer for.

Favorite Musician: Foo Fighters

Favorite Author: Philip K. Dick

Favorite Movie Star: Bill Murray

Favorite TV Program: Seinfeld

Favorite Movie(s): "Lost in Translation", "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back", "The American President"

Favorite Vacation Place or Weekend Escape: What's a vacation?

Favorite quote: "The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it." -- George Orwell

Favorite color: Green

One thing my co-workers don’t know about me is … my guilty pleasure is cheesy 80s pop and new wave music.

Find me on : Twitter @JROppenheim. Check out my professional website/online resume at


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