Heartland Focus comes to a close

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Updated: Apr. 21, 2022 at 5:11 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - After three decades, 6 News is changing the way we bring public affairs programming.

For eight years, Tim Clark has been the host of Heartland Focus. He admits that eight years ago, he had no idea what he was getting into.

“So thank God for the producers that just held my hand and helped me through it because I truly jumped into it with passion and commitment to give back to the community,” he said.

He gave back, talking with the Omaha-metro community about a variety of topics. One of the most notable: the killing of George Floyd, and how that incident hundreds of miles away in Minneapolis affected our community.

“With having the police chief come in here, having community leaders come in, having pastors come in and really talk about what is the beginning of that healing,” Clark said.

For decades, Heartland Focus has had many hosts, but the same format. Now, there are major changes underway here at 6 News. Soon, we will move our studios next door into Blackstone Plaza. 6 News WOWT has decided to end the show and move in a new direction.

“We’re really appreciative of all the work Tim has done for us and all the people previous that worked with Heartland Focus,” said Jim McKernan, vice president and general manager at 6 News WOWT. “We want to incorporate streaming into our new effort, so we hope this fall to have a new program to be able to offer the viewers of this station.”

While Heartland Focus will soon come to an end, it won’t be the end of Clark’s work in the community.

“I think it’s really in my DNA, John, to really be a part of things that’s bigger than me for the community, and it’s really not about what we take it’s about what we leave — and this is a part of it,”

The last Heartland Focus airs this weekend.

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