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Richard Heene: Balloon Boy Incident Not a Hoax

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Balloon Boy dad, Richard Heene, and son, Falcon

This morning, NBC’s Today Show had an exclusive interview with the Balloon Boy’s dad, Richard Heene.  As he prepares for a 90 day jail sentence, Heene, had some choice words about the authorities who he believes have wronged him and his family.  NBC’s Matt Lauer grilled him during a fairly contentious interview in which Heene maintains the Balloon Boy incident was absolutely not a hoax.  This exclusive interview was the result of months of coverage by NBC News and days of work by our booking team and our coverage team.  In the end it made for some very compelling televison.

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Author: Vicky Collins

Vicky Collins is a freelance television producer and journalist based in Denver, Colorado with a diverse portfolio of projects that including network news, cable programming, Olympic sports, corporate and non-profit videos. She is also an accomplished writer and photographer who is particularly interested in world travel and issues of global poverty. Some of her most satisfying assignments have been covering disasters, working in the slums of developing countries and telling stories of people who show great courage in the face of adversity. She has been in all 50 states and on six continents and many of her television stories and photos are posted on her website at To contact Vicky Collins directly email or tweet @vickycollins.

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