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ABC 17 News

KMIZ News (Channel 17) for local news and weather updates of Columbia & Jefferson, Missouri.

ABC 17 News Logo

ABC 17 News aka KMIZ is an ABC-affiliate TV broadcaster operating at UHF digital and virtual CH 17. The station covers regional news, political and local events for larger Columbia–Jefferson City. Also, through its ‘ABC 17 Stormtrack’, the channel gives live updates for the city’s local weather. ABC 17 Investigates posts crime and violence news happening in the counties of Columbia. Fox 22 (KQFX-LD) is a sister station of ABC 17 and shares the same studio.

KMIZ, along with its sibling networks KQFZ (Fox-affiliate), OMIZ (MeTV-affiliate), and NMIZ (MyNetworkTV-affiliate), is situated in the Jefferson/Columbia, Missouri. KMIZ-TV provides services in the entire Missouri region and the University of Missouri. The motto of the station is ‘Where the News Comes First’.

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Tune into Columbia’s very own local channel for community news and investigative reports.

Channel’s Introduction

KMIZ hit the waves for the first time on 5 Dec 1971. KCBJ-TV is the call-signs and ABC-affiliate network. Before that, ABC was demoted in the Missouri area to secondary clearances on KRCG (a CBS affiliate) and KOMU-TV (an NBC affiliate). The original owner of KCBJ (now ABC 17 News) was Channel 17 Inc. by brothers Robert Koenig and Richard Koenig. Whereas, the channel’s studios were originally situated on South 7th St., Columbia.

Andre Kauffman, Ashley, Joey Parker & Sharon Ray @ ABC 17
Andre Kauffman, Ashley, Joey Parker & Sharon Ray @ ABC 17 | Courtesy: abc17news.com


In 1984, Koenig Brothers sold the network to Stauffer Communications. After turning to the new owners, the channel shifted its call-signs to the current ones KMIZ-TV. In 1955, Stauffer Communications developed a partnership with Morris Communications. However, they didn’t let Morris keep the ownership of former Stauffer TV networks. Following that, in 1996, Stauffer sold its old TV stations, including KMIZ, to the Benedek Broadcasting. After getting the ownership of KMIZ-TV (ABC 6 News), Benedek Broadcasting decided to establish two-LP channels, including K11TB, Jefferson City. And other K02NQ, Columbia, as an effort to bring Fox into the picture.

In 2002, Benedek had to face bankruptcy and sold most of its TV channels to Gray Television. It includes KMIZ TV and later, it was transferred to Chelsey Broadcasting before going under JW Broadcasting in May 2003.

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On 26 July 2012, News-Press & Gazette Company (the current owners of ABC 17 News) decided to buy KMIZ. Along with its sister station KQFX-LD, from JW Broadcasting for 16m dollars.

Robin Pingeton - Head Coach of University of Missouri at ABC 17
Robin Pingeton – Head Coach of the University of Missouri at ABC 17 Studio | Credits: Missouri University

Channel 17 Columbia airs 5.5 hours of live newscast during weekdays. Two hours of live news coverage during weekends, and updates its website regularly. It produces the latest regional and national news. The network operates under the ownership of NPG of Missouri, LLC. It is a sub-company of News-Press & Gazette Co.

The company, whose headquarter lies in Saint Joseph, has been O&O by the Bradley family since the 50s. It is now working under the fourth generation of the family.

Joe McLean, Alyssa Toomey, Lucas Geisler, Ashley Strohmier, Joey Parker and Deborah Kendrick
ABC 17 News Investigates


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News App

ABC 17 News app is the best source for news headlines. Also, sports content, and weather reports in mid-Missouri. In addition to this, the app is specifically designed to deliver the latest regional breaking news. Custom weather forecasting, and sports events in Missouri, including the Ozark’s lake and Jefferson-Columbia City. The app is exceptionally user-friendly and is available on both Apple store (for iPhone users). And Play Store (for Android users). Users can also access ABC 17 Live stream here on this app.

Stormtrack (ABC 17 Weather App)

ABC 17 Stromtrack Weather Team
ABC 17 Stromtrack Weather Team | Credits: Facebook page

KMIZ-TV weather app offers complete weather reports for Jefferson, Columbia City, and Mid-Missouri’s nearby areas.  ABC 17 Weather team of senior meteorologists exclusively keeps the viewers updated continuously. With current weather conditions, forecasts, VIPIR interactive radar, video, and headlines on the app.

The app hosts a few other exciting things, such as:

  1. Future radar system to forecast severe weather
  2. A fully-efficient GPS that finds out the exact location of the user
  3. A push alerts for keeping people safe during unexpected natural calamities
  4. Weather alerts by National Weather Service

News Anchors

ABC 17 has a team of popular Newscasters & Anchors:

Weather Team

Sports Anchor:

Andrew Kauffman
Andrew Kauffman (Sports Team)


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Tel: +1 573-449-1700
Website: http://www.abc17news.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ABC17News
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ABC17News/
Tower Location: close to the county line of Moniteau-Cooper, West Jamestown
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Coverage Map

ABC 17 News Coverage Map
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The station’s studios facilities are in East Business Loop, Columbia, and its transmitter lies in West Jamestown, close to the county line of Moniteau-Cooper. The broadcaster is available for ABC 17 Live Streaming online through its official website and mobile apps. 

Trevelyan Cosmo
Trevelyan Cosmo
A professional writer since 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Economics, Trevelyan Cosmo ran the creative writing department for the major News Channels until 2019. He then worked as a Senior content writer with LiveNewsGlobe.com, including national newspapers, magazines, and online work. He specializes in economics and broadcasting communications.

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