PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD/WYZZ) — A journalism career through multiple large television markets has led a Lasalle-Peru broadcaster back home to Central Illinois.
On September 25, Kimberly Eiten joins the WMBD/WYZZ News team as co-anchor of WMBD News at 5, 6 and 10 p.m. and anchor of WYZZ News at 9:30 p.m. Eiten grew up in Lasalle-Peru and is a graduate of Saint Bede Academy. Her career in journalism started at the LaSalle NewsTribune and has taken her across the country including television news jobs in Portland, Orlando and Baltimore.
Kimberly is no stranger to covering stories of national interest. Those include the mass shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando and the deadly alligator attack of a toddler at Disney World. She has also reported on Baltimore City Hall being raided by the FBI, which led to the mayor’s resignation and investigated and broke a story on a firefighter’s repeated DUI arrests in Portland. Her reporting, in part, led to departmental changes.
“I’m honored to join the incredibly talented team at WMBD, and excited to continue a career that I love in my home state,” said Eiten. “I’m proud to be from Central Illinois, and I look forward to joining a newsroom that is dedicated to both community involvement and bringing viewers in Central Illinois stories of real value.”
“I am thrilled to have someone with Kimberly’s background and abilities join the WMBD/WYZZ news team,” said Shaun Newell, WMBD/WYZZ News Director. “I believe Kim, Eugene Daniel, Rebecca Brumfield, Chris Yates and Kurt Pegler will make an outstanding anchor team on our early evening and late-night newscasts. I cannot wait for this team to get started covering all of the news important to our viewers across the region.”
Kimberly is joined on her journey back home by her dog Peter Jennings. She is excited to practice her golf swing again on the same courses in Central Illinois where she first learned to play.