"Thank you for joining us, I'm Kevin Boughton. Our top story tonight... " I'm proud each day to greet viewers who rely on Kansas First News to find out what's going on in their world. For two years I've gotten to know you anchoring KFN's weekend newscasts and reporting during the week.
Since joining the Kansas First News team in March 2012, I've covered the most important stories in northeast Kansas. I was just a few houses away delivering a live report when SWAT team members shot and killed a man suspected of murdering two Topeka police officers. Kansas tornadoes are world famous. While covering the damage after an EF-4 touched down north of Topeka I got my first look at the fury of the plains. Another storm the same night forced my camera man and me into our truck- I had to deliver our report shouting over hail pounding outside!
Breaking news and severe weather coverage get my blood pumping. Before landing in Kansas I covered Arizona wildfires and floods in North Dakota that made national headlines. I reported for the NBC affiliate in Minot. While in Minot, I led field coverage of the 2011 Souris River Flood that destroyed thousands of homes and prompted the evacuation of 11,000 people. My work (some featured on the Today show and MSNBC) during the natural disaster led to a new role at the station when I was named the 10 p.m. weeknight anchor.
I was born and raised in another border state, Arizona. Growing up near Phoenix- I needed to cool off! So, I headed to the mountains and studied Electronic Media & Film and Economics at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. During the spring of 2010, I was selected to be embedded with the Arizona State Legislature while interning for Arizona Capitol Television in Phoenix. I learned about politics and how government really operates when I covered daily happenings in the House and Senate which then included the state’s controversial immigration bill, SB 1070.
Away from the newsroom, I enjoy soccer, volleyball, and golf. Despite being a nervous flyer I love to travel around the country, so give me a wave and say 'hi' if you see me in line at airport security.