LITTLE ROCK, AR (News release) – Nexstar Broadcasting named Little Rock-based reporter Drew Petrimoulx host of its statewide political talk show Capitol View. The Sunday broadcast is available to more than 2.5 million households in the television markets of Little Rock, Ft. Smith-Fayetteville, Memphis, Monroe-El Dorado, Shreveport-Texarkana and Springfield.
Since joining Nexstar’s KARK-TV in 2013, Petrimoulx has covered major stories including the 2014 U.S. Senate and U.S. Congressional elections, Justin Harris rehoming controversy, Mayflower oil spill, and April 27 tornado. Prior to working in Arkansas, Petrimoulx reported in Florida covering high-profile court cases for Orlando television/radio stations and national media. His work has been recognized with a regional Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association.
“I am honored and excited for the opportunity to host a show that shines light on the important issues facing our state,” said Petrimoulx. “My goal is hold state leaders accountable for their actions and beliefs on behalf of Arkansans.”
“Drew joined our stations and immediately made an impact,” added KARK News Director Austin Kellerman. “He’s undoubtedly one of the state’s top journalists. I expect him to bring the same passion he displays in his award-winning reporting to the host position on Capitol View.”
Capitol View, which debuted in April 2013 on KARK-TV as Little Rock’s first weekend morning political show, focuses on the issues and newsmakers driving the Arkansas political scene. The show has featured interviews with the biggest names in Arkansas politics including all six members of Arkansas’ U.S. congressional delegation, Governor Asa Hutchinson and presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Hillary Clinton. The broadcast expanded statewide in March 2014.
“Capitol View has led the way in bringing Arkansans the biggest names in politics,” said Capitol View Executive Producer Mark Moseley. “Whether it’s the state or federal level, we’ve been able to get the most important figures in a way that’s never been done in this state.”
“I want to thank the Capitol View hosts that came before me like David Goins, Roby Brock and Bob Clausen for setting a high bar,” said Petrimoulx. “I will do my very best to keep the tradition going.”
In its first couple of years on television, the show has been a hit with politicians, viewers and critics. The broadcast was named an “Editor’s Pick” by the Arkansas Times in its 2013 Best of Arkansas issue and “Best Addition to Arkansas Political Journalism” by Arkansas Democrat-Gazette columnist John Brummett.
The broadcast also has its own second-screen companion, The Capitol View app. The app provides the latest political news, video from the most recent broadcast, what’s politically trending on Twitter, an archive on Capitol View interviews and app exclusive segments you won’t find during the on-air broadcast. The app is available for download in the iTunes App Store or Google Play.