As the broadcast news industry changes, there is one constant: the value of storytelling. In today’s digital age, stations must provide more than highlights and locker room interviews. They must tell stories viewers want to click, watch and share. These are the stories Kyle Deckelbaum prides himself in being able to tell. His stories reach the heart of the local fan – they are stories that go “Beyond the Game.”
Excellent coverage is about capturing special moments, personalities and people. Emotional stories that are creatively crafted are his specialty. As the sports reporter/anchor at KATV, the legacy station in Little Rock, Kyle created a weekly feature segment called “Beyond the Game.” He has received two regional Edward R. Murrow awards and four Emmy nominations for his storytelling.
Kyle has traveled the country to bring viewers and social media followers coverage that transcends a win or loss. In addition, he has been among the first to report multiple breaking news stories of local interest, including the Arkansas Razorbacks’ decision to continue to play football games in Little Rock.
He began his career at WKBT in La Crosse/Eau Claire, Wisconsin, covering the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Wild, Milwaukee Brewers and Wisconsin Badgers. He also worked to improve the station’s website, eventually increasing traffic by 30 percent. Kyle graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a B.A. in Journalism, dual concentration in reporting and strategic communication. There, he oversaw the student radio station’s news and sports departments. He also broadcasted games for the Big Ten Network and interned for the Washington Nationals, Mid-Atlantic Sports Network and WJLA, the ABC affiliate in Washington, DC.
He has been honored for his work, receiving a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for a story on a weightlifting program for students with special needs. He received another Edward R. Murrow award and Emmy nomination for a story on a blind swimmer. He also received Emmy nominations for his features on a college soccer player’s emotional return following brain surgery, a man driven to obsession over slot cars, and the athletes competing on a college rodeo team. His story on a coach tackling cancer won “Best Sports Reporting” from the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association. The same organization honored him with “Best Sportscast” for Green Bay Packers coverage. Kyle has also been recognized by the Arkansas Associated Press Broadcasters Association, Milwaukee Press Club, Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association, and was named one of the top 20 play-by-play broadcasters in the country by the Sportscasters Talent Agency of America.