Meet The Team
Jason Andera, Reporter and Producer
You’ll see Jason on the sidelines and in the studio talking about high school sports throughout the year. Jason Andera is the producer of the network’s high school sports show, Varsity Sports. He’s been covering sports at the high school level since he started the KSFY Pigskin Preview in 1999. Jason grew up in Sioux Falls, graduated from Lincoln High School and went on to receive his degree in Mass Communication at the University of South Dakota.
David Brown, Reporter and Producer
David Brown joined Midco Sports Network in November 2012. As a reporter and producer, David's primary responsibilities include hosting The Northern Sun experience, a weekly show dedicated to NSIC athletics, as well as producing the South Dakota State University coach's show Jackrabbit Journal and contributing to Midco Sports Magazine. David graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2008 with a double major in broadcast journalism and political science. After graduation, he worked for more than four years at KELO-TV in Sioux Falls as a sports reporter and weekend news anchor.
Jay Elsen, On-Air Talent
Jay Elsen joined Midco Sports Network in October of 2010. He handles live play-by-play duties for USD athletics and also anchors the weekly coaches’ show, Coyote Corner. Jay also covers local racing for Midco Motorsports, co-hosts Varsity Sports and contributes to Midco Sports Magazine. He graduated from the University of Northwestern–St. Paul with a degree in broadcasting and electronic media. His professional career has included stops at KEYC-TV in Mankato and KELO-TV in Sioux Falls.
Alex Heinert, On-Air Talent
Alex Heinert announces University of North Dakota football, men’s and women’s hockey, volleyball, and men’s and women’s basketball games broadcast live on MidcoSN. He also hosts and produces the MidcoSN coaches shows North Dakota Hockey with Brad Berry and UND Sports Extra. Alex moved into this role in July 2016 after several years producing other MidcoSN shows, and contributing as an announcer, analyst, writer and reporter for high school and college sports across the region. Alex has worked as a sports journalist in radio, TV and arenas since 2007. Originally from White River, SD, he graduated from the University of Sioux Falls in 2007 with a joint degree in Media Studies and History.
Carla Metts, Producer and On-Air Talent
Carla Metts can be spotted on the sideline of many live MidcoSN events. She covers a wide range of schools including high school, Division II and Division I athletics. She hosts the weekly Augustana All Access and works weekly with the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conferences, producing MidcoSN’s weekly show, The Northern Sun Experience. Metts is also an on-air presence on MidcoSN’s Benchwarmers. Originally from Dublin, Georgia, Carla graduated from Georgia Southern University with a degree in communication studies and a minor in journalism. She was a cheerleader at Georgia Southern for four years and worked closely with the Georgia Southern Athletic Department. She has been with MidcoSN since August 2015.
Tom Nieman, On-Air Talent
Tom Nieman is one of the play-by-play voices and original programming faces of Midco Sports Network. He hosts the weekly highlight and interview shows Inside The Summit League, Jackrabbit Journal and Midco Sports Magazine. As a graduate of SDSU with a degree in broadcast journalism, Tom’s connection to the region runs deep. He started his TV career in 1990 as a sports anchor and reporter for KELO-TV in Sioux Falls. Since 2008, he has been a play-by-play announcer for Midco Sports Network, covering everything from college basketball, football and volleyball to soccer, golf, baseball and rodeo.
Brian Shawn, Producer and On-Air Talent
Brian Shawn joined Midco Sports Network in 2016. He hosts The Bison Basketball Show and calls live North Dakota State University men’s and women’s basketball games for MidcoSN. He is an award-winning sports journalist with more than 10 years of experience in sports broadcasting and play-by-play, and has been an announcer for Bison football and basketball since 2012. A native of Bloomington, MN, Brian is involved in the Fargo/Moorhead community through the Chamber of Commerce, and serves on the board of directors for both Access of the Red River Valley and the Fargo Lions Club. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of North Dakota.
Kelly Stewart, Reporter and Producer
Kelly Stewart joined Midco Sports Network in May of 2016. She covers USD as an analyst for Coyote women’s basketball games and produces the weekly coaches’ show, Coyote Corner. Originally from Amery, Wisconsin, Kelly graduated from the University of South Dakota with a Bachelor’s degree in Media & Journalism (2014) and a Master’s degree in Communication (2016). She also played basketball for USD, who won the WNIT championship her senior year. While in college, Kelly interned as a sports producer, anchor and reporter at KDLT-TV in Sioux Falls for the summers of 2014 and 2015, and she also served as the radio sideline reporter for the Sioux Falls Storm from 2012 to 2015.