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KBJR adds two new faces to anchor desk

Bonney Bowman and Jessie Slater.

KBJR-TV is adding two new anchors to its lineup, the station announced Thursday.

Bonney Bowman will co-anchor the station’s 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscast on weeknights starting in May, alongside anchor Dan Wolfe. Bowman most recently was an anchor at WLNS in Lansing, Mich. She left WLNS in December.

Bowman brings more than a decade of experience to KBJR, said Kevin Jacobsen, the station’s news director.

“Bonney is an experienced news anchor and reporter with a passion and commitment for journalism and community,” Jacobsen said in a news release.

Bowman is originally from Chicago. She graduated from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. Before working in Michigan, her career took her to Joplin, Mo.; Lincoln, Neb.; and Anchorage, Alaska.

While working in Alaska, she spent time in Afghanistan embedded with a group of Alaskan soldiers deployed to Bagram Air Field, covering their final week of deployment.

“My journalism career has taken me all around the world, and I’m excited that it’s now brought me to the Northland,” Bowman said in the news release.

In addition, Jessie Slater will join Wolfe as co-anchor of KBJR’s 5 p.m. newscast beginning in June.

Slater, who has been with KBJR since January 2017, currently anchors weekend newscasts and has covered the Duluth City Council and Duluth School Board. She will continue to follow city and school issues as a reporter.

“Jessie brings a fresh energy to the anchor desk, and with her experience reporting on important stories in the Northland, (she) makes this the obvious choice,” Jacobsen said in the release.

Slater is a native of Peru, N.Y., and graduated from Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, Vt. She began her career as an anchor and producer at WOAY-TV in Oak Hill, W.Va., before coming to KBJR.