Chad Klassen

Chad Klassen joined the station in November 2011 after studying broadcast journalism at BCIT. It's been his long-time goal to make it in television. Inspired by his dad Rick, who enjoyed a 10-year CFL career with the B.C. Lions and Saskatchewan Roughriders, Chad's wanted to be a sportscaster from the time he was young, and sports is still his dream. But covering the great stories and people of the Kamloops community has quickly become just as important. Prior to coming to CFJC-TV, Chad headed up a university football show on Shaw TV, producing and co-hosting the half hour show on the CIS gridiron. He also spent three years covering CIS football as the sports editor at Simon Fraser University, covering the Clan's triumphant resurgence from a winless program to a conference finalist. Chad called hockey and volleyball play-by-play during his time on the Burnaby campus while finishing his Communications degree. But his career highlight to this point has been covering the Men's hockey tournament at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He watched nearly every game of the tournament from the upper deck of Canada Hockey Place in Vancouver and witnessed maybe the greatest goal in Canadian hockey history, Sidney Crosby's golden goal standing behind the net. Chad has family connections in Kamloops. His mom Pat lived here for five years as a teenager and his uncle Reg, who graduated here, still resides in the area.

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KSAR looking for more volunteers as calls increase

By Chad Klassen
September 28, 2016 - 2:15pm Updated: September 28, 2016 - 5:37pm

KAMLOOPS — It's nearing the end of September, and Kamloops Search and Rescue is close to equalling its call total from last year. 

KSAR has responded to 36 calls this year — compared to 37 in all of 2015 — and the type of calls the team is receiving has changed. 

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'Ghostkeepers' uncovers grim reality of being a soldier

By Chad Klassen
September 27, 2016 - 3:28pm Updated: September 27, 2016 - 5:42pm

KAMLOOPS — It's been a five-year wait for Scott Casey to read a hard copy of his new book, Ghostkeepers — a term he uses to describe the horrific memories he and his UN commrades still hold onto nearly 25 years after the civil war in the former Yugoslavia.

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Davidson to draw on pro hockey experience entering third WHL season

By Chad Klassen
September 20, 2016 - 3:03pm Updated: September 20, 2016 - 6:12pm

KAMLOOPS — It's been a whirlwind week for Blazers defenseman Dawson Davidson, first travelling to London, Ontario with the Pittsburgh Penguins to play in three rookie tournament games against prospects from Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto. 

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New Beattie students missing Stuart Wood, enjoying bigger space

By Chad Klassen
September 16, 2016 - 2:49pm Updated: September 16, 2016 - 7:16pm

KAMLOOPS — There's more space, roomier classrooms, and bigger play areas for the kids. 

Everything's grander at the new Beattie Elementary school on McGill, especially compared to the century-plus old Stuart Wood Elementary, where many of the students once resided.