Byron Tollefson

Byron Tollefson joined the News 8 team as a general assignment reporter in January 2022. He’s excited to take on a new adventure in Grand Rapids.

Byron studied broadcast journalism at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. During the second semester of his junior year, he interned for NBC Nightly News in Los Angeles. That summer, he returned home to intern for NBC10 Boston.

He graduated in May 2019 and took a job as a morning anchor/producer for KTTC in Rochester, Minnesota. He co-anchored KTTC’s morning news on weekdays from 4:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. and he reported for the station’s noon newscast. In his two years at KTTC, he covered everything from the murder of George Floyd to the 2020 election. Byron especially loves political reporting; he closely follows state government and the big news out of Washington, D.C.

Byron has been a huge sports fan his whole life. In his free time, you can find him playing basketball, skiing, running or biking. He also loves exploring craft breweries, which is one of many reasons why he’s excited to call Grand Rapids home.

Byron is thrilled to return to the Midwest and tell your stories. You can connect with Byron on Facebook and Twitter or send him an email at Please feel free to introduce yourself if you ever see him around town and don’t hesitate to share any story ideas!

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