• Follow me on:

Kent joined KDVR/KWGN from Fox affiliate WXIN Fox59 in Indianapolis, IN.

He spent four years as a multimedia journalist in Indianapolis, shooting and editing his own stories while also appearing on camera.

Kent’s reporting focused on topics related to education and the intersection of sports and news.

As an education reporter Kent covered statewide issues including the expansion of a school voucher law and the takeover of several Indianapolis Public Schools. Kent also investigated server issues with statewide testing and issues related to school security. In addition to covering education at the state level, Kent also reported extensively on changes and innovations at the school and classroom level. He also explored how parents in one Indianapolis neighborhood worked within the state’s charter school system in order to start and run their own school.

As a reporter who previously worked in Indianapolis, Kent is very familiar with a certain Broncos quarterback. Kent covered Peyton Manning for several years, reporting from Miami during the Colts trip to Super Bowl XLIV. He also examined the teams’ economic impact during the Manning years, and the fallout that came immediately after his departure. Kent also reported on a variety of economic and business issues when Indianapolis hosted Super Bowl XLVI.

Kent received a regional Emmy award nomination for his investigation into football related concussions and the search for safer helmets for both adults and young children.

Beyond football, Kent also investigated motorsports safety following the death of IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon and followed Butler University to back-to-back Final Fours, examining the boost the team’s success had on enrollment and campus life.

In addition to his passion for education and sports, Kent spent significant time covering major news stories, especially when it came to severe weather. He reported on the devastating tornado that struck the town of Henryville. He also followed emergency supply trucks and volunteers from Indiana as they traveled down to help in the recovery from multiple, deadly tornadoes in Alabama. Kent also reported live from New Orleans when hurricane Isaac made landfall.

Kent began his professional career as a reporter and weekend anchor at KSFY-TV in Sioux Falls, SD.

Kent is a Minnesota native, and he and his wife still enjoy traveling home to see their families and all of their nieces and nephews.

Kent grew up in the small town of Fertile, MN, and later attended college at the University of Minnesota, where graduated with a major in Professional Journalism and a minor in New Media Studies. He was a sports writer for the Minnesota Daily, and also started the student newspaper’s first AV/Multimedia department.

Recent Articles
  • Memorial for murdered mother

    Community gathers to support family of mother killed by husband

    DENVER  — It was a murder that shocked an entire community but now, nearly two weeks after a Limon man allegedly stabbed his estranged wife, that community is coming together to support the kids who were left behind. Friends and family of Kirsten Russell gathered in Washington Park in Denver on Wednesday to remember a loving mother, raise awareness of domestic violence and generate support for her children and grandchildren. Balloons couldn’t lift the heavy hearts of those who gathered, […]

  • Jefferson County School Board recall petitions

    Thousands of signatures turned in for Jefferson County School Board recall

    GOLDEN, Colo. — After more than a year of controversy and conflict surrounding the Jefferson County Board of Education, the three conservative board members who make up the majority are a step closer to facing a recall vote. “We, our community, have collected more than double the required signatures needed to recall Julie Williams, Ken Witt and John Newkirk,” said Tina Gurdikian, a volunteer who addressed a crowd of cheering supporters outside the Jefferson County election office in Golden on […]

  • (Photo: Kent Erdahl)

    Cars pile up in South Platte River before city removal

    DENVER — The South Platte River through Denver has become a watery graveyard for vehicles this summer, but that is about to change. For the past six weeks, a small stretch of the river near West Florida Avenue has been eye catching for all the wrong reasons. “When I came across this morning it reminded me of a Mafia drop point,” said Joe Wilson, who rides the trail regularly. “I mean every day you come by and there’s more abandoned […]

  • Amee Gharbi

    Aurora theater shooting survivors, families offer prayers and support to Lafayette

    DENVER — As images from the theater shooting in Lafayette, Louisiana first flashed across screens in Colorado on Thursday, it brought back a sickening feeling for many of those impacted by the Aurora theater shooting. “Scenes from the parking lot looking out into the theater, it was just … I just know how they all feel,” said Amee Gharbi. “It`s horrible.” Amee Gharbi remembers watching similar images three years ago, while she sat in a hospital praying her son Yousef […]

  • Don Scott, the pilot in a deadly plane crash, remembered as a respected lawyer with a big heart. (Photo: Scott family)

    Pilot in Wyoming plane crash remembered as big-hearted lawyer

    CODY, Wyo. — Days after a tragic plane crash that killed four people in Wyoming, FOX31 Denver is learning more about the Denver man who was piloting the plane. Don Scott was a nationally renowned lawyer known for winning big cases, but he’s also remembered for having a big heart. Scott was a philanthropist who left a mark on community organizations and nonprofits across the metro area. “He had a wonderful smile, and I think when he entered a room it […]

  • Kathleen Bartlett

    Heartbreak and honor for new bride killed by lightning strike on Mount Yale

    COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — A Colorado man is out of the hospital and resting with family after a lightning strike that killed his wife just days after their wedding day. On Monday, 32-year-old Ryan Pocius wrote a heartfelt and heartbreaking Facebook post about the life and death of his wife Kathleen Bartlett on the last day of their honeymoon. A day later, Bartlett’s former school in Adams County honored the dedicated teacher, while others honored her spirit with donations. The […]

  • Damaged tree in Thornton, Colo

    Homeowner: City contractors almost killed tree he planted 35 years ago

    THORNTON, Colo. — A homeowner in Thornton said a mistake by city contractors nearly killed his favorite tree and nearly cost him hundreds of dollars. But before giving up hope he called the FOX31 Problem Solvers. Fred Surganty planted his cottonwood tree when he moved into his Thornton home 35 years ago. “It was about as tall as me when I planted it,” Surganty said. “There’s a lot of memories. I planted it when my kids were little and of […]

  • New photos of Javion Johnson, a 23-month-old who died early July 8. (photo: Earl Lampley)

    Denver mayor creates initiative to target, report child abuse

    DENVER — Ten days after 23-month-old Javion Johnson died from alleged child abuse, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock announced a new initiative aimed at helping fix the system that failed the young boy. “What happened to Javion, I know everyone agrees, should never happen to any child in this city,” Hancock said. The mayor wants to bring together leaders from numerous groups involved with child welfare, from human services and police to schools and libraries, in hopes of improving communication and response. […]

  • Prescription drugs

    Prescription drug overdose deaths higher than car accident deaths

    DENVER — Prescription drug abuse is an epidemic in Colorado and across the country. “As a nation, the number of deaths that come from overdose is greater than the number of deaths from car accidents,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell. Burwell’s comments came during a visit to Denver on Thursday, in which she met with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and other state medical officials to specifically discuss the surge in prescription opioid abuse. Colorado has improved its […]

  • Denver Nuggets player Ty Lawson

    Nuggets’ Ty Lawson misses own basketball camp; parents of players not happy

    HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. — Hours after Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson was arrested on suspicion of yet another DUI in Los Angeles, a basketball camp bearing his name began without him in Colorado. If you’re looking to find Ty Lawson supporters in Denver, you could normally rely on the families who pay to attend his annual basketball camp in Colorado. But as that camp kicked off on Tuesday morning in Highlands Ranch, there wasn’t much sympathy for the Nuggets […]

  • El Chapo under arrest in 2014. A manhunt has been launched to find Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin Guzman after he escaped from prison, Mexico's National Security Commission said in a statement Saturday. Guards at the Altiplano Federal Prison found that Guzman, also known as "El Chapo," was missing during routine check. (Photo: CNN)

    Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman escape could impact your neighborhood

    ALMOLOYA DE JUÁREZ, Mexico — Mexican authorities have launched a manhunt to find drug kingpin Joaquin Guzman, who has broken out of prison again, the country’s National Security Commission said Sunday. Guards at the Altiplano Federal Prison discovered during a routine check on Saturday that Guzman, known as “El Chapo,” was missing, a statement from the commission said. Guzman escaped through a hole in his cell that led to a lighted and ventilated tunnel nearly a mile long, Mexico National Security […]

  • Boy shot in house in Aurora, Colo.

    Condition of 7-year-old shot in head at friend’s home in Aurora improves

    AURORA, Colo. — A 7-year-old Aurora boy showed signs of improvement Friday despite suffering a gunshot wound to the head while playing with friends on Thursday afternoon. Aurora police said the boy, who suffered life-threatening injuries, has been upgraded to serious but stable condition after undergoing successful surgery at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Detectives began searching the home on Friday afternoon. They say the shooting appears to be an accident, which took place while six kids, ages 7-12, were inside the home without adult supervision. They have […]