If you’re familiar with the phrase “for all of us here in the News Room, I’m Tim Church,” then you’re already acquainted to my name or hopefully a few of my stories.
As I begin anew here at the Branson Tri-Lakes News, I’m excited to say that I am no stranger to the Branson news world. For the last three years of my journalistic career I’ve strived to present the best quality news to Branson and surrounding communities. And I am ecstatic to continue that momentum here in my new position.
I am getting a little ahead of myself, so let’s take it back a few years. I grew up in the small town of Alton, Missouri. Like many in Alton, I grew up on a small farm with my parents, Bill and Renea, and my two younger siblings, Elizabeth and Christopher. I am a proud Eagle Scout and former member of Boy Scout Troop 102.
In May 2009, I graduated from Alton High School and just 10 days later I found myself driving through the Gates of Opportunity at College of the Ozarks. At the time, a future in law enforcement was on my radar, alongside a possible degree in public relations and theatre. Fortunately, somewhere during my eight semesters I selected a career in the media world and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts, with an emphasis in journalism and media production.
Following my college graduation, I worked for 18 months as the assistant news director for the Ozark Radio Network in West Plains, Missouri, where I received my first nomination from the Missouri Broadcasters Association.
Time jump to March 2015 where I began my three-year run as a reporter and morning news anchor for Earls Family Broadcasting/Ozark Mountain Media Group in Branson.
When I returned to Branson, I quickly found my footing and became the “Events Guy” on our news team. I loved going out into the field to spend time with the community members, government leaders, businesses and organizations. And in 2016 I even earned my second nomination from the MBA.
In my spare time I make up one half of the social media conglomerate Nerd Informants. Launched in 2016 my co-host, Josh Grisham and I review movies and comic books, attend comic conventions and keep nerds up to date on the latest entertainment and pop culture news. While Nerd Informants is done for fun and as a hobby, it is one of my greatest accomplishments.
When I’m not doing something news-related, I can be found at the movie theatre, an arcade, an Italian restaurant or at home binge watching whatever new show just hit Netflix.
I collect action figures and have a pretty impressive movie collection.
When my time with EFB/OMMG came to an end last May, I remained in Branson in hopes a new opportunity would find me here. My patience paid-off, and I am so thrilled to be the newest addition to the Branson Tri-Lakes News newsroom. I’m honored to be working for such an established company and respected reporters.
There is so much I am looking forward to. I can’t wait to dive back into this community. I know there will be challenges, and I’m ready to face them head-on. My career story is short and there isn’t much to tell yet, but I’m excited to start this new chapter.