The Hoffman kids had a lot in common growing up: They both swam together on the team their mother, Holly, coached, participated in high school extracurriculars and attended youth group.
Now, Austin and Alex Hoffman are morning television reporters. He works for KELO-TV in Sioux Falls, and she for KETV in Omaha, Neb.
Both graduated with broadcast journalism degrees from South Dakota State University.
Austin, 27, remembers sitting on the couch in his parents' room at their Eureka home and watching the local news.
"I had an idea that I wanted to do it in high school, so it had crossed my mind fairly early on," he said of television news.
He credits a lot of it to his father, Charlie Hoffman.
"The news was always something that was on," Austin said. "That probably had something to do with (Alex's) path as well."
Alex said she was drawn to television and the atmosphere working at a station presented.
"It's a really different lifestyle, and you have to love it because it's not easy," she said.
Both start their days very early. Austin is in the KELO-TV office as early as 2:30 a.m. to get his stories together.
Alex wakes up at 3:30 a.m. so she can get to work in time for her 4:30 a.m. shift and deliver the first Omaha traffic report at 5 a.m.
The two don't directly compete, so they can share tips of the trade and some story ideas with one another.
"We do work together, and it's kind of fun to share what's going on and to understand each other and what we go through on a daily basis," Alex said.
It's difficult to find other people who are awake at 3 a.m., Austin said.
"She's always up at the same time I am," he said. "If I'm bored in the morning, I can send her a text and get a response."
Austin started his broadcast career as a production assistant at KELO-TV. He then worked as a bureau reporter in Rapid City.
"It's kind of a dream come true," he said of his morning reporting job now.
Alex and Austin also have a KELO-TV connection. She interned at the station before being hired at KETV in Omaha as a weekend morning reporter and producer.
A few months later, she began doing morning traffic reporting.
Like Austin, Alex's interest in performing started when she was young.