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Molly Balkenbush

Molly joined the NBC29 news team as a general assignment reporter in September 2012. You can also catch her anchoring NBC29 HD News at Sunrise on weekend mornings.

Molly graduated from University of Missouri where she majored in broadcast journalism with a minor in English (go Tigers!).While attending Mizzou she worked as a reporter and anchor at KOMU, mid-Missouri's NBC affiliate. During her time as a student she also interned with KMOV-4, St. Louis where she worked as an online content producer and helped in the studio during Great Day St. Louis.

She got a glimpse of the radio world when she worked as a reporter at KBIA, the NPR affiliate in Columbia, Missouri.

Molly grew up in Edwardsville, Illinois and is excited to leave behind the corn fields of the Midwest and enjoy the beautiful mountains on the East Coast. She loves exploring all Charlottesville has to offer and trying all the great food around town! You can catch her at the local dog parks with her crazy black lab, Avery.

She would love for you to say hi if you see her out and about working on a story or email, tweet, or Facebook her with story ideas.


Fast Facts:

  • Year Hired: 2012
  • First TV Appearance: When I was 6 years old and my dad, who is a firefighter, saved a cat from the top of a tree. The local news station came out to capture the rescue and I was caught on tape watching!
  • Favorite Story: I had the chance to interview a quadruple military amputee who had just gotten a brand new "smart house" for him and his wife to move into. The house had functions such as touch sense faucets, an elevator and adjustable height cabinets to help give back his independence. Two organizations came together to build the house and I will never forget how grateful the two were the day it was unveiled.
  • Dream Interview: Giuliana Rancic – she seems so down to earth and you can tell she truly loves her job.
  • Dream Job: Working for E! News. I make sure to get a dose of entertainment news in everyday!
  • Most rewarding part of your job: Getting to know the people inside the community so well.
  • Favorite TV show: The Office has always been a favorite but I just started The Newsroom and already love it!
  • Role Models: My mom
  • Alma Mater:  Mizzou
  • Hometown:  Edwardsville, Illinois
  • Hobbies: Playing with my black lab Avery
  • Favorite Food: The little kid in me still orders chicken fingers wherever I go.
  • Favorite Sports Team: St. Louis Cardinals & my Mizzou Tigers.
  • Favorite Musicians: The Beatles and B spears…strange combo, right?
  • Favorite Vacation Spot: Chicago – It's such a fun city to walk around and explore. It also has the best shopping places!
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