GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - KARE 11 Reporter Boyd Huppert will receive the Silver Circle Award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences-Upper Midwest Chapter on Saturday, Oct. 29 at the organization’s awards gala in Bloomington, Minnesota.
The award recognizes significant contributions to the TV industry and community.
“I was surprised to get the call,” Huppert says.
But a quick review of Huppert’s broadcasting career reveals this honor should not come as a surprise.
Huppert has won 14 national Edward R. Murrow awards, three Sigma Delta Chi awards, a national Emmy and 92 regional Emmys. He has also won the National Press Photographers Association’s Photojournalism Award for Reporting seven times. The list goes on and on.
However, Huppert refuses to rest on past accomplishments or the current Silver Circle Award.
“I don’t feel like I’ve reached that point in my career where I’m nearing an end,” Huppert says.
To grasp his mindset, you really need to understand where it all began. Huppert grew up on his family’s dairy farm just outside River Falls, Wisconsin.
He says his sense of family and his work ethic are rooted there. He recalls his dad, Andy, rising at 5 a.m. every day, milking cows, fixing equipment and tending to crops. He usually returned home around 8 p.m.
“He was honest, and he was faithful; he was just always there for us,” Huppert recalls.
His dad is now in failing health, and Huppert deeply values all he has learned from his father.
Leaning on a fence at the family farm, Huppert says, “My dad is at the point now where he can’t speak, but when I saw him on Sunday, I gave him a kiss and told him I loved him. And I do. I’m so grateful for everything he taught me.”
Those lessons and that farm helped launch Huppert’s career.
He began his broadcasting career as a teen at radio station WEVR in nearby River Falls. After college, he made stops at TV stations in Wausau, Wisconsin; Omaha, Nebraska; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Minneapolis, where he has worked at KARE 11 since 1996.
Eventually, he started his trademark weekly storytelling adventure, “Land of 10,000 Stories.”
Longtime storytelling teammate, photographer Jonathan Malat, who now works at a TV station in Denmark, says Huppert works harder than anyone else.
“Where some people may re-write two or three times, it’s not unlike Boyd to re-write 10 or 12 times,” Malat says.
Huppert responds, “I’ve never considered it to be terribly hard work. What my dad did on the dairy farm, that’s hard work.”
Through his relentless dedication, Huppert never lost sight of his love, Sheri, whom he met during high school.
Together, they have raised two sons, Sam and Matt. While she admits there was sacrifice along the way, such as missed holidays with family and hockey motherhood, it was mutual sacrifice.
When she wanted to pursue a Master’s in Library Science degree, Huppert did not think twice.
“It’s like $20,000, and he just said do it. We can do it,” Sheri recalls.
“That to me was a privilege, and it was a debt that was way past due,” Huppert says.
He has also given of himself to the broadcasting industry through teaching. Beyond the U.S., Huppert has taught in Canada, Denmark, New Zealand and Norway. He has also been a member of the National Press Photographers Association’s Advanced Storytelling Workshop faculty for nearly 20 years.
His professional accomplishments are truly extraordinary. And the NATAS-Upper Midwest Chapter’s Silver Circle Award honors Huppert for more than 25 years of service.
“How did this ever happen? I don’t know. I’ve been very, very fortunate,” Huppert says.
To take a closer look at Huppert’s storytelling skill and career path, watch the video at the top of this web page. The video will also play at the Silver Circle ceremony.