Richard Heene: Balloon Boy Incident Not a Hoax

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 … Continue reading Richard Heene: Balloon Boy Incident Not a Hoax

Blair and the Balloon Boy

My 11 year old son, Blair, wanted to go to Cirque du Soleil this year, but because our schedules were so busy, we missed it.  Instead he went to the Balloon Boy media circus.  Because my husband was traveling and I was a single mom over the weekend I didn’t want to leave him at home while I was working 24/7 for NBC News.  Instead … Continue reading Blair and the Balloon Boy

Remembering 9/11

There are some things I never forget.  The day President Kennedy was assassinated.  The day the Challenger exploded.  Columbine.  What I was doing on 9/11/2001.  My husband called me and said turn on the TV.  I got there in time to see the second plane hit the tower.  I watched with my hand over my mouth then turned to my little son and said “Kyle, … Continue reading Remembering 9/11

Columbine Revisited

Has it been 10 years already?  The anniversary of the deadly shooting at Columbine High School is less than a month away and as I dive back in to the story I’m flooded with memories of that Tuesday.  I haven’t really thought about Columbine much over the last few years, except on the painful occasions when another disturbed youth goes ballistic and takes it out on … Continue reading Columbine Revisited

Points from Poynter

As a young television producer working at KRON TV in San Francisco I had the opportunity to attend a weeklong seminar at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida.  It was one of the first times I was able to explore my craft with other like minded professionals and learn from some of the best in the business.  Among them was Rod Prince, one of … Continue reading Points from Poynter