Passing of a long-time local journalist and news director

Jennie at her retirement party at KVNU/CVMG on Oct 25,2019

LOGAN — KVNU and Cache Valley learned Monday evening that our long-time News Director Jennie Christensen passed away peacefully Sunday evening. Jennie started at KVNU in 1972, and retired in 2018. During her early years on radio, she hosted a news-interview show called Take Ten. Later, she began hosting Crosstalk, a daily call-in show focused on current issues. The program ran for more than a quarter century, and included interviews with state and local officials, authors, artists and business leaders. She also, for a time, expanded her reporting to television, hosting Let’s Talk Cache Valley.

Jennie was always the first one to work, usually arriving by 4:30a.m. and continuing through the day, while also attending city, county and school district meetings in the evenings. Jennie collected multiple awards for her professionalism and standing in the community.

Among them, Jennie was recognized as Utah State University’s Grand Marshall during its Homecoming festivities in 2003, was recognized as the Logan City Citizen of the Year in 2010, received a lifetime achievement award from the Sunshine Terrace Foundation, was recognized by Women in Business and many other organizations. In 2017, she was inducted, along with Al Lewis, into the Utah Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame.

A retirement party and Open House for Jennie was held in late October of last year at the Cache Valley Media Group. The organization’s newsroom was renamed the Jennie Christensen Newsroom in her honor.

Jennie tolerated these honors, but she was a very humble individual who felt that the journalist should not be ‘the story’. She will be missed very much by her family, friends and all of us at Cache Valley Media Group.

A viewing for Jennie will take place Saturday, February 29th from 10-11:30 a.m. with funeral services beginning at 12 noon at Nelson Funeral Home, located at 162 East 400 North in Logan.

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  • Deedee February 25, 2020 at 2:24 pm Reply

    Very professional. Used to listen to her every morning. She took some of my suggestions for interviews. Always open for new things to cover. Great woman. She will be missed. Off to the news station in the next life.

  • Steve Glauser February 25, 2020 at 5:42 pm Reply

    Jennie is the aunt of my lifetime friend Steve Jensen. Both he and I studied journalism at USU so I looked to Jennie as a professional example. Her career in journalism far outlasted mine. Steve Jensen adored her as she was a beacon of sanity and compassion in a closed, retentive society. Cache Valley has lost one of its true pillars of balance, compassion and professionalism.

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