KNDO is the NBC affiliate television station serving the Yakima, Washington, USA, area. It is owned by the Cowles Publishing Company of Spokane as part of The KHQ Television Group. It is sister station to KNDU in the Tri-Cities, which is considered a semi-satellite of KNDO even though the two stations produce separate newscasts. On satellite, KNDO is only available on DirecTV, while Dish Network carries KNDU instead.

Yakima, Washington
Branding KNDO Local News
Slogan Right Now. (primary)We are where you are (secondary)
Channels Digital: 16 (UHF)
Subchannels 23.1 NBC23.3 SWX Right Now
Owner Cowles Publishing Company

(KHQ, Inc.)

First air date October 15, 1959
Sister station(s) KNDU
Former channel number(s) Analog:23 (UHF, 1959-2009)
Former affiliations ABC (1959-1970, secondary from 1965)CBS (secondary, 1959-1965)

NBC (secondary, 1959-1965)

Transmitter power 150 kW
Height 266 m
Facility ID 12395
Transmitter coordinates 46°31′58.4″N 120°30′30.2″W / 46.532889°N 120.508389°W / 46.532889; -120.508389


KNDO debuted on the air on October 15, 1959 as an ABC (primary) affiliate. It was owned by Hugh Davis and his Columbia Empire Broadcasting Corporation. During this time it also showed occasional programs from NBC, as well as a few CBS programs turned down by KIMA-TV, including Laramie and Andy Griffith. In 1965 KNDO became a primary NBC affiliate but showed some ABC programming until KAPP debuted in 1970 to take the ABC affiliation.

Davis sold the two stations to Farragut Communications in 1988. Federal Enterprises acquired KNDO and KNDU in 1995. Federal was bought out by Raycom Media in 1997. Current owner Cowles Publishing purchased the two stations from Raycom in July 1999.

KNDO 50th anniversary

On October 15, 2009, KNDO celebrated 50 years of broadcasting to the Yakima Valley. Leading up to that date, KNDO aired stories of local businesses and organizations that have also been around for 50 years or longer.

Digital television

KNDO and KNDU have been digital-only since February 17, 2009.[1][2] NBC Weather+ had been carried on digital subchannel 23.3; the originating national network ceased operation on December 1, 2008. On September 1, 2010, KNDO dropped Universal Sports and channel 23.2 from their programming.

Digital channels



Video Aspect Programming
23.1 1080i 16:9 Main KNDO programming / NBC HD
23.3 480i 4:3 SWX Right Now - Sports and Weather

Current newscasts

  • KNDO Local News Northwest Today - 4:30-7am (Weekdays)
  • KNDO Local News @5pm - 5-5:30pm (Weekdays)
  • KNDO Local News @6pm - 6-6:30pm
  • KNDO Local News :11@11 - 11-11:35pm
  • KNDO Local News Saturday - 8-8:30am

News team

Current on-air staff


  • Kevin Shaub - KNDO Northwest Today & KNDO Northwest Today Saturday
  • Melanie Falcon - KNDO Northwest Today & KNDO Northwest Today Saturday
  • Christine Brown - KNDO Local News at 5:00 & 6:00
  • Scott Stovall - KNDO Local News at 5:00, 6:00 and 11 @ 11
  • Hilary Whittier - FOX First at Ten & KNDO Local News 11 @ 11
  • Chris Holmstrom - KNDO Local News at 6:00 & 11 @ 11 (Weekends)


  • Karma Dickerson - Northwest Today
  • Shawn Chitnis
  • Ileana Diaz

The Weather Authority

  • Blake Jensen - Northwest Today
  • Tim Adams - Chief Forecaster (weeknights and Saturday mornings)
  • Leslie Lowe (KHQ) - Weekends

Sports anchors

  • Patrick Noland - Weekdays
  • Joe Gorchow - Weekends

Other staff

  • Larry Forsgren - General manager
  • Matt Funk - Executive producer
  • Christine Brown - News director
  • Lara Harmon - Northwest Today producer
  • Scott Stovall - Evening producer
  • Garrett Shawstad - News producer
  • Megan Cross - Web Producer

Former on-air staff

News Anchors

  • Heather Hays - Currently Anchor at KDFW in Dallas, TX
  • Dave Ettl - Currently KIT Radio Anchor, elected to Yakima City Council in 2009
  • Jamie Kern - Currently CEO of IT Cosmetics
  • Jay Frank - Currently Anchor at KOHD, Bend, OR
  • Whit Johnson - Currently Reporter for CBS National
  • Faye Hoffman - Currently Anchor/Reporter at WGGB, MA
  • Dave Erickson - Currently evening anchor for KXLY-TV in Spokane, WA
  • Jade Jordan - Currently reporter for sister station KHQ-TV in Spokane, WA
  • Stephanie Stricklen - Currently Anchor at KGW Portland, OR
  • Rob Piercy - Currently reporter at KING 5 Seattle
  • Natalie Hurst - Currently evening anchor for KBOI-TV in Boise, ID
  • Kate Callaghan - Currently co-anchor for KSBW Action News 8 Sunrise in Salinas, CA
  • Scott Stovall - Currently insurance agent for New York Life Insurance; Kennewick, WA

News reporters

  • Andrea Nguyen - Currently Reporter at KIAH, Houston, TX
  • Kim Holcomb - Currently reporter at KING 5 Seattle
  • Julie Haener - Currently main anchor at KTVU Oakland, CA
  • Jenny Hansson - Currently anchor at KOIN Portland, OR
  • Joe Vithayathil - Currently feature reporter at KPTV Portland, OR
  • Amy Frazier - Currently reporter KOIN Portland, OR
  • Greg Nieto - Currently reporter at KWGN-TV Denver
  • Nick Paradise - Currently reporter WJCL Savannah, GA
  • Katie Utehs - Currently reporter at KREM in Spokane, WA

Weather forecasters

  • Harry Bounds - Returned to the insurance profession
  • Jordan Youngs - Working for the Tri-Cities Visitor and Convention Bureau; Kennewick, WA

Sports reporters

  • Derek Deis - Worked for sister station KHQ-TV from 2002-2009. Currently sports director for KXLY-TV in Spokane, WA.
  • Anish Shroff - Currently Anchor at ESPNews, Bristol, CT

News/station presentation

Newscast titles

  • KNDO Newsservice (19??-19??)
  • KNDO NewsCenter 23 (1980s-early 1990s)
  • KNDO News 23 (early 1990s–1996)
  • News 23-NBC (1996–2000)
  • KNDO Local News (2000–2011)
  • NBC Right Now (2011–present)

Station slogans

  • Come Home to 23 (1986-1987; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • Come Home to the Best, Only on 23 (1988-1990; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • 23, is The Place To Be! (1990-1992; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • Live, Local & Up to the Minute
  • Your LOCAL News Station
  • More Local News. More Often. (2004-2008)
  • Right Now. (2008-present).


  1. ^ FCC list of full-service US TV stations, February 16, 2009
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