Jim Hollis

Jim Hollis began his career at WIBW-TV in 1969 as an anchor for the 10 pm news. Ten years later, he decided he should be home in time for dinner, and accepted an offer to become News Director. Jim was News Director from 1979 to 1993. He served as Information Director for the station until 1997, when he retired. He was inducted into the KAB Kansas Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2006.

Jim has stayed active since leaving WIBW-TV, teaching Introduction to Mass Media at Washburn University. He also enjoys spending time in Taos, New Mexico, where he can escape from the summer heat. One of the most memorable moments in Jim's career involved the death of Thad Sandstrom. Sandstrom was Vice President of Stauffer Communications, the company that owned WIBW-TV at the time, when he was murdered by his wife. Jim vividly remembers getting the phone call informing him of Thad's death, and the trial that followed.

Jim was born in Neodesha, KS, and now lives in Topeka with his wife, Carol. They are both volunteers for The Friends of the Topeka/Shawnee County Library. Jim and Carol have a son, Bryan.


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