Wednesday, April 20, 2005

10 Years Later

I covered the 10th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing today. It was one of the hardest stories I've done.. just speaking with all of the family and friends of the victims. I tried my best to keep it together.. but there was one woman I couldn't help but cry along with. She lost her best friend of 25 years in the bombing and said there isn't a day that goes by that she doesn't think of her.. and of all the things they'll never be able to do together. While she was telling me what happened a decade earlier.. I could tell she was reliving every moment in her head.

.. as to why I post this here.. I was walking by the chain link fence outside of the memorial and noticed a KU key chain. It reminded me of home and friends. Hope everyone is doing well.. because I know many of us (me included of course) aren't staying in touch as well as we should be.


Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Reality Alum

speaking of reality tv--i think i saw j-school alumna emilie chapin-patch on the bachelor....anybody verify? does emilie read this page bieke???

melissa yeager

Answer: I don't know about her reading this page but this is from

Technology Sales

Hometown: Chicago, IL
Age: 27

Me in 3 words: Animated, outgoing, honest

My greatest achievement to date: I was the first person in my family to complete college.

Why I haven't found the man of my dreams: I am very picky and have high moral values.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Why work your way up when you can be on a reality show???

Ex-'Survivor' Contestant Working in News
Sat Apr 9, 7:49 PM ET Television - AP

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Jeff Varner, who was bumped from "Survivor" in 2001, has a new job in reality television: TV newsman. Varner will join WGHP, the Fox affiliate based in High Point, as a weekend anchor, the station announced Friday.

Prior to his stint on "Survivor," Varner worked as an Internet project manager in New York City and earned a journalism degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Still, he says his "Survivor" ties have created some career challenges.

"I have the label of reality-show contestant tattooed across my face," he told the News & Record in an earlier interview. "I have a journalism degree, the experience, and I can write better than most producers. But I know I have to work three times as hard because credibility is a big issue."

After his ejection from "Survivor," Varner's charm earned him a series of television appearances and jobs, including one as an interviewer and correspondent for the TV Guide channel.

"Jeff brings to the table charisma, energy and his strong desire to return home," said Karen Koutsky, WGHP's vice president of news.

Monday, April 11, 2005

Graham Winch Update

Graham Winch is a reporter at KTVA, Anchorage, Alaska. Coincidentally, he just dropped in on us this week. Don't ask me why he would come south just when things are warming up and daylight is beginning to last longer than 15 minutes a day.