News is very important to KXEO and one of our greatest links to the community of Mexico. We pride ourselves in being involved and in-the-know.
Chris Newbrough is our News Director/Afternoon Anchor.
Chris was born and raised in Mexico. He readily admits to “floating around a bit” before joining the stations in August of 2004. He graduated MHS in 1984 and attended Moberly Area Junior College (now MACC). He then moved on to Northwest Missouri State University, where to the relief of his parents he finally graduated in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcasting.
Chris knocked around as a media ad salesperson for awhile. He then got into radio programming briefly before moving to Macomb, Illinois in 1999 to work for a weekly newspaper. It was there that Chris discovered his love for covering the news. After a short stop in Effingham, Illinois, Chris joined the staff of the Fulton Sun in 2001.
It was here that Chris met his wife Pearl. They reside in a haunted house in Mexico with their three dogs and one cat (Chris has lots of stories, and some of them are even about the spirit).
- Chris is a eleven-year veteran of news gathering with experience in both radio and newspaper reporting.
- Chris joined Country 96 as a news reporter in 2004
- Chris became News Director in July of 2006
Dave Thomas anchors the Morning Report.
Dave was born and raised in Houston, Texas. After graduating from high school, he moved to San Antonio to study Political Science at the University of Texas San Antonio while trying his hand at being a musician in Austin’s active music scene.
During this time, Dave discovered his passion for audio production, so he moved to Dallas/Fort Worth to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Radio, Television and Film at the University of North Texas.
He joined the team at KNTU-FM, a non-commercial jazz station licensed to UNT, in 2009, starting as a morning DJ and moving up to the production director position after a few months. While there, he did a myriad of things outside of his job description. He produced UNT athletics broadcasts, worked on the news and sports teams, and co-hosted the live broadcast of the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival.
In 2011, he also took a job with Salem Communications to produce a block of talk shows for KSKY-AM in Dallas/Fort Worth.
He received his bachelor’s degree in RTVF in May of 2011.
Dave is extremely glad to be in mid-Missouri to work for KXEO and the people of Mexico (he readily admits that a record-setting number of consecutive days of triple-digit heat last summer in Texas sweetened the pot).
Dave still writes and records music in his home studio, and is a self-admitted music, movie, sports and political junky.