Dan Rather on Journalism

Dan Rather, former anchor of CBS News and now of HDNet’s Dan Rather Reports, with an interesting point of view on what’s ailing journalism today and how to fix it.  Interested in your thoughts on this and whether you think democracy is at risk.  http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/07/AR2009080703183.html Continue reading Dan Rather on Journalism

Africans on Obama

NOTE: THIS IS A REPRINT OF A BLOG FROM 11/27/2008 FOLLOWING BARACK OBAMA’S ELECTION.  IT STILL RINGS TRUE AS HE PAYS HIS FIRST POST-PRESIDENTIAL VISIT TO ACCRA, GHANA IN WEST AFRICA WITH FIRST LADY MICHELLE AND DAUGHTERS SASHA AND MALIA OBAMA. Our Ugandan driver picked us up from the airport in Entebbe on November 9.  We were barely down the road before he asked us who we … Continue reading Africans on Obama

New Focus on the Family

Time will tell but this sure seems like a refreshing shift at Focus on the Family.  Jim Daly, who has risen from a hellish past, replaces Dr. James Dobson at the helm of the conservative Christian organization based in Colorado Springs and vows to be a different kind of leader.  Instead of being dogmatic “it’s more about having a conversation with people.”  He admires Barack Obama, wants to focus … Continue reading New Focus on the Family

Wrong Answer to Abortion

When I produced the daily talk show, Kaleidoscope, at KAKE TV in Wichita, Kansas, I learned you could discuss just about any issue but abortion.  It was too polarizing.  People would talk until they were blue in the face, raise their voices and get angry but neither side would budge from their position.  No matter how compelling the arguments for or against, those who were pro-life and pro-choice just dug their heels in … Continue reading Wrong Answer to Abortion

Guests from Gitmo

Colorado doesn’t want Guantanamo Bay’s detainees to move to Supermax but the folks in Hardin, Montana are ready for guests from Gitmo.  CNN’s Jeanne Meserve reports. http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2009/05/25/meserve.mt.gitmo.cnn?iref=videosearch For more information on Vicky Collins visit http://teletrendstv.com. Continue reading Guests from Gitmo

Homeless Children

The plight of homeless children was the focus of two articles in the 5/18 edition of USA Today. One is about 11 year old Zach Bonner who is walking from Atlanta, Georgia to Washington, D.C. to raise money and awareness for homeless youngsters. He hopes to meet with President Obama when he arrives in July. http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2009-05-17-wagon-boy_N.htm?csp=34 The other is by CBS anchor, Katie Couric, who … Continue reading Homeless Children

Trend Setting Iowa

My husband is from Iowa.  His parents live in a town of about 10,000 called Storm Lake in the Northwest corner of the state.  I’ve been going back and forth for many years.  The Iowa I used to see was a conservative, set in its ways kind of place that didn’t really welcome change.  But my view is shifting dramatically.  Iowa voters were prescient with their … Continue reading Trend Setting Iowa

Twitter to the Chief

President Obama came to Denver today to sign the economic stimulus bill.  He chose the Mile High City because it is on the cutting edge of green technologies he believes will take America into the future.  I attended because I am producing a story on the impact of the economy on public hospitals.  Stimulus dollars are going to provide relief for health care too.  The story is … Continue reading Twitter to the Chief

Patriotism

I wish my dad had lived to see this day.  Edward Jan Collins was the child of Jewish parents who died in the Holocaust, the brother of siblings scattered by war, the father of children born in America to a better life.  As we prepare to inaugurate a new President, our first African American President, he would have been amazed at how far this country has come.  My father … Continue reading Patriotism

The New Face(book) of News

I first learned the layoffs had begun on Wednesday morning when I woke up.  A friend posted a desperate cry that she was trying to stay sane after half of NBC’s network bureau was let go  in Dallas.  It was deja vu for me.  I was downsized 10 years ago and I watched Facebook all day as people started changing their status and talking about getting their resumes together.  One colleague is … Continue reading The New Face(book) of News