Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Next Stop: Houston

Lots of memories and lifelong friends are among the things I've made in Memphis.  It's amazing how quickly nearly a dozen years have passed.  But it's time for a new adventure.  I'll join KHOU-TV in Houston in late August.  

I came to WMC-TV in 2004.  I've learned a lot being a part of this legendary station.  I wish it continued success as the delivery of local news evolves.  

I am excitedly optimistic about my new opportunity with KHOU-TV.. Where Dan Rather once worked.  I look forward to joining the dynamic and committed news team.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Raleigh Springs Mall Redevelopment Reboot

Part of Raleigh Springs Mall scheduled to be demolished

We've been covering plans to revitalize the Raleigh Springs Mall site for years.  The mall, opened in 1971, is virtually abandoned and serves an an example of the urban decay that plagues so many areas.  This story is about a plan to replace the mall building with a library, police precinct, park, and retention pond.  It's been rebooted as city leaders work to purchase the last piece of property on the mall site.  A portion of the old Sears building will be demolished as part of the renewed focus.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

MPD Officer Accused Of Sex Assault Outside Club

MPD officer relieved of duty, accused of sexual assault

This story was generated by a tip to our assignment editor.  He said something would be coming down regarding a Memphis police officer and a sex investigation.  We still had not heard late in the afternoon.  But then he and I got texts from inside MPD.  I had just gotten done with the 4:00 newscast.  My photographer and I drove downtown to do a live shot for 6:00.  Basically, a woman claimed an officer assaulted her after she left a nightclub.  I convinced the GM of the club to do a quick interview.  Otherwise, there's wasn't much to go on except for limited details from the police department.  I turned this longer piece for 10:00.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

'Worship Watch' Partnering MPD With Churches

'Worship Watch' partners Memphis police with churches

I went to church for this story.. Literally.  The Memphis Police Department is partnering with churches to build communication.  MPD officials believe clergy and congregations have a direct connection with communities and can be a tool to fight crime.  Many churches also welcome stronger relationships with officers.  The idea started in the Frayser area at the Old Allen Station police precinct.  Precincts around the city are now reaching out to other churches.  It's nice doing a story about possible crime solutions rather than just random crime that we cover so often.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Midtown Man Thwarts Robbery With Karate

Robber has tables turned when victim has karate black belt

This story came courtesy of my colleague, Kontji Anthony.  She said the guy who makes sandwiches at Kwik Chek had a big injury on his temple.  He told her he was robbed at gunpoint after work near the popular Overton Square entertainment district.  I asked her to call and see if he'd talk about it.  He agreed to meet me.  Turns out, he thwarted the robbery with his Karate moves.  I got him to demonstrate exactly what he did on me.. Without causing me serious injury, of course.  He had yet to file a police report when we spoke.  But an MPD officer happened to pull up after our interview and he did so.    

Friday, March 4, 2016

African-American Newspaper Snubbed By Trump?

Tri-State Defender denied access to Trump rally in Millington

Dozens of media outlets covered Donald Trump in Millington, TN last weekend.  The African-American oriented Tri-State Defender, based in Memphis, was not among them.  Publisher Bernal Smith told me they applied twice for credentials in the week before the event.  However, they never heard from the Trump campaign.  A white power-promoting talk show host got in.  He even posted a photo on his blog of him holding his credential.  Smith said it's hard to believe the paper's exclusion was unintentional.  The Trump campaign never responded to my email.. But told another media outlet that all credential requests were answered.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

No Monorail In Mud Island Park Re-Do Plan

Progress continues in plans to renovate Mud Island River Park

I love Mud Island River Park just the way it is.  Completed in 1982, the park features a scale-model replica of the Mississippi River, river museum, and amphitheater.  But its monorail may be the park's most recognizable feature.  It's a gondola-style monorail and set the scene for a famous chase in "The Firm."  Right now, the Riverfront Development Corporation is looking for a company that can take over management of the park.  One of two finalists for the job would scrap the monorail and turn the pedestrian bridge above it into a High Line (NYC) style walkway.  We'll see how it all comes together.  But I think scrapping the monorail is a mistake.