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AgDay Team

Clinton Griffiths: Anchor, Executive Producer

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Clinton Griffiths is the anchor and executive producer for AgDay Television. He comes to the program with lifelong connections in agriculture, growing up on his family’s ranch in Deming, New Mexico. He grew up showing cattle and was actively involved in FFA and 4H. His time in the show ring helped pay his way to Oklahoma State University, where he earned a degree in ag communications. He later completed his master’s in business administration from Wichita State University.

Earlier in his career Clinton was a reporter/anchor for KBSH-TV in Hays, Kansas and KWCH-TV in Wichita. He most recently served as host and executive producer of "SUNUP", a weekly agricultural television program produced by Oklahoma State University.

 

Betsy Jibben, National Reporter

Betsy Jibben is a National Reporter for Farm Journal Media. She works on the TV side for two nationally syndicated shows, "AgDay" and "U.S. Farm Report." Betsy’s job is to cover news around the country between commodities, policy and feature stories. She says, “Everyone has a story. You just have to find it and let them tell it!”

She comes to the programs with lifelong roots in agriculture. Betsy is a South Dakota native who grew up on a livestock operation and grain farm her great-grandfather bought. She was involved in 4-H, Horse 4-H and spent her summers outdoors riding horses. She realized public speaking was a strength of hers after she joined the debate team in high school and took speech classes in college.

Betsy graduated from South Dakota State University with a degree in broadcast journalism. Go Jacks! Earlier in Betsy’s career, she worked for a local news station in South Dakota. She’s been an Indiana transplant since 2014.

 

Mike Hoffman, Meteorologist 

Mike Hoffman earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Atmospheric Sciences from Purdue University in 1981 and joined WNDU-TV following stints at WNEM-TV in Flint/Saginaw, Michigan, WTHR-TV in Indianapolis and WSJV-TV in Elkhart, Indiana.

Hoffman, Valedictorian of his high school class, is an award-winning broadcaster and member of the American Meteorological Society. His weather reports have the American Meteorological Society Seal of Approval.

Mike's outside activities and hobbies include speaking to community organizations and working with church youth groups. He is an avid sports enthusiast and enjoys playing basketball, softball, golf and tennis.

Mike and Cindy Hoffman have two children: Kara and Christopher. They are especially fond of camping trips and traveling to visit friends and family.

 

 

Michelle Rook: Regional Reporter

Michelle Rook is one of the top farm broadcasters and market reporters in the country. She leads a farm department at WNAX that consistently has the highest farm audience ratings in the nation.

Michelle has been recognized for her journalistic excellence being named the NAFB Farm Broadcaster of the year in 2008. She has also won the NAFB Horizon Award, NAFB Newscast and Marketcast Awards, several NAFB News Service Awards and Associated Press recognition. She has received media awards from the SD Farm Bureau, the SD Soybean Association and the SD Pork Producers Council, SD Farmers Union and the National Farmers Union. In 2006 she was also named a Distinguished Alumnus by the SDSU Journalism Department.

Michelle has reported on agriculture from the nation’s capital to the soybean fields of Brazil and has interviewed countless newsmakers including President Barack Obama.

In addition to her radio work, Michelle is also a regional reporter for nationally syndicated ag TV shows AgDay and U.S. Farm Report and covers stories from across the nation. She was also a meteorologist and reporter for KTIV Television in Sioux City, Iowa for nearly 10 years.

She is also very active in the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) and in 2006 served as NAFB National President only the second female to hold that office. She also served two years as a national officer and another two as regional vice president for the organization.

Michelle’s agricultural roots are deeply imbedded in this region. She grew up on a dairy and crop farm in eastern South Dakota and her parents are still actively involved in farming.

She has bachelor’s degrees in dairy manufacturing and ag journalism from SDSU, in addition to a master’s degree in journalism and a broadcast meteorology degree from Mississippi State University. She was a State FFA Officer in South Dakota, an American FFA Degree recipient and was involved in 4-H for 11 years.