Because I work part-time at a local news station I get quizzed a lot about local news talent . . . the general public’s fascination with this stuff is amazing . . . so let me answer all the e-mails I have collected on this issue over the last few months at the same time.
First off, to answer the question I get asked the most: In our house, we watch all the local newscasts each night, DVR-ing them and speeding through to see who's broadcasting what stories and how they are reporting them. I know, we’re geeks. I am not afraid to pick favorites, but we do watch them all since they all offer a much different product and in a different context.
Tim Sherno, my old buddy from Fox, has indeed recently joined Channel 5 as a reporter. He is a very good one, and he has some of the best interviewing and storytelling skills of anyone in our market. He is funny and smart and way more genuine of a human being than TV reporting allows us to see. Here’s my question: Why is he not being used as an anchor? He is much better than most of the desk-sitters at that station. And why is he not hosting their morning show? Or anchoring one of their four nightly newscasts? Strange.
The person who I think has grown the most at KARE as they continue to expand and evolve is Eric Perkins, who has gotten funnier and more creative with each passing month. And yes, Belinda Jensen is even kinder and more genuine in real life than on the air. And I think that, yes, because I am from the East Coast, I am in the minority and enjoy more than the average, locally born-and-bred viewer Mike Pomerantz’s glib retorts and faintly concealed eyebrow tilts toward Julie and Di. And I’ll admit I thought it was a little painful to watch them roll out the whole ‘get to know him’ stuff when he first got here. It’s not my bag.
Yes, I have met some of the folks at ‘CCO, but TV folks don’t all hang out in the same secret hideout, as if we were the Justice League of America. And yes, I think Frank and Amelia are wonderful on air together, and together with Rosen and Shelby, I will volunteer the idea that they represent the most ‘food aware’ group at any local station.
I do work at Fox, but I still have no idea why Janie Peterson disappeared from our station. I have been asked more about her exit than I ever imagined, and as far as I know, Lara Yamada moved out to the Seattle market to anchor a newscast out there. As far as the Passolt-Robinson-Hughes issues and rumors, I have absolutely no idea whether they get along or not. I work in the morning and they work in the evenings, and we never cross paths. But I think that Jeff works really well with both of them, and as a viewer, I think they are all extremely polished, very professional, and extremely talented. I am biased, but the Fox folks are phenomenal people. Because I work with them, I am especially fond of our morning team, Alix, MA, Tom, and Keith, who are all superb people and very good at what they do.