Archive for the ‘Nothing to do with politics’ Category
Please stay safe RVA. We have constant updates on the storm on NBC12-TV and NBC12.com. We aren’t finished yet.
I safely made it “Over the Edge“! It was an exhilarating experience. I will post a complete video later, but to give you and idea of what it was like here is one amazing picture taken by my wife Karey:
Against my wife’s better judgement and despite my own mild fear of hanging from the side of a 30 story building, today in Richmond I am going to attempt to go “Over the Edge” for the Richmond Special Olympics. If you haven’t heard of this event yet, quite a few people from RVA have spent the last several weeks raising money all toward the goal of repelling off the side of the Sun-Trust Building downtown. If you haven’t seen that building in a while, here is a picture: Yeah.. it’s really tall.
My repel is scheduled today for 1:30. I have repelled before, but not from nearly as high a distance, and with far fewer people watching. I am hoping to have some videotape evidence of the event, that I will share with you later on DV. In the meantime, consider supporting the efforts of our local Special Olympics. They are a terrific organization and do amazing work. In fact, one of their athletes is going to be among the group of us going “Over the Edge”.
I am sure I will have twitter updates throughout the experience so check my feed for a play by play.. and at the very least to make sure the feed doesn’t abruptly end at around 1:30. (that was a joke)
Allow me to digress a bit from politics to talk about my two favorite things, my wife and my dog.
Last night on NBC12, Morning Anchor Ashley Swann put my dog up against her dog in a canine IQ challenge. I had long thought that our pride and joy, Sophie Belle, was extremely intelligent and had no qualms about putting her out on a public stage to prove that.
So last night, to great fanfare, the story aired. I thought many of you would get a kick out of seeing my wife, Karey, and I showing off our pooch. The video from the story is after the jump…
As many of you who read this blog know, my political reporting is only a very small part of my responsibilities for NBC12. In addition to being a general assignment reporter that sends me to stories of all different kinds (for instance tonight I will report on a robbery at truck stop in Colonial Heights), I also serve as the anchor of the weekend newscasts on NBC12.
People often asked me what it is like to have your weekends monopolized by work. I always answer the same thing: the only bad thing about working on the weekends is that its ON the weekend. Our crew is given the challenge each week of producing 1.5 hours of news with a limited amount of resources. Despite that challenge I am feel incredibly fortunate to work with a group of talented professionals who never use that as an excuse. They always find away to produce a top notch newscast that we can all be proud of.
It is rare that weekend crews are recognized for their efforts, but our crew (which we call Team Weekend) was given that chance last February when a small plane crashed into a home in Chesterfield. Tragically, two people in the plane were killed and the woman in the home was badly burned. (She has since recovered from her injuries.) On that day, Team Weekend flew into action, we produced special cut-ins with the latest information and had a complete report on the tragedy by 6pm.
This week we learned that our coverage of that event was recognized with a prestigious Edward R. Murrow award. The Murrow award is given by the Radio and Television News Directors Association. We won the breaking news category for small market stations in Region 12. You can see the winning entry by click on this link.
This achievement would not have been possible without the incredible effort put, week(end) in and week(end) out by my awesome colleagues known as Team Weekend. They are talented photographers, editors, directors, camera operators, reporters, audio operators and most of all friends.
Thanks for the opportunity to digress a bit and congratulate them on a terrific achievement.
On another note…
It is with a bit of trepidation that I report that starting tomorrow, I will be on vacation for 7 days. I have been very pleased to see that I am regularly drawing a steady stream of readers and in the blog world when you stop posting they tend to go away. My plan is to not post at all over the next week, so I am hopeful you won’t forget about me. If something big happens I am sure I will find my way to a laptop (much to my wife’s dismay). I will still keep my twitter page active and I am sure that will also mean inane comments about getting sunburn or having too much to eat and drink.
See you in a week and thank you for your loyal readership!