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I am a television news anchor and reporter for WFLA-TV in Tampa, Florida. I anchor the 4:00 ‘First at Four’ newscast and News Channel 8 at 5:30 as well as News Channel 8 on Great 38. I’ve covered the news in the Twin Cities, Southern Minnesota, Tucson, Orlando, Miami and most recently, Tampa, Florida.
It’s been a wild adventure traveling around the country and learning so much about each region in which I’ve lived. From the dreadfully depressing to shockingly satisfying, TV News has given me something different to explore each day. That’s the reason I dreamed of doing it in the first place. The business has changed, however.
I was fired from TV News back in 2013 (very unexpectedly). It was the best thing that’s ever happened to me. I sincerely thank those who helped make the decision. For more than a year I was able to live life at my speed, build my company and re-evaluate what is truly important. I got married to my best friend and sweet Canuck Tara Manis. Things may get by me, but they most likely won’t get by her. My cooking got better. Our apartment has never been so clean. I launched the second start-up of my life…and shut it down like the first one. And yes, I lost money. But I took away things about the start-up culture that an MBA would have trouble teaching.
I founded Joker Media, LLC in 2002, a website design and video production company that’s allowed me to learn design and programming while creating some websites and programs for some really great individuals, companies and organizations. Our slow and steady growth year to year has allowed for some explosive growth recently and we love the clients we work with and continue to attract.
I’ve had a fascination for missing person cases since my first job as a reporter in the early 2000s. I attached myself to the disappearance of Jodi Huisentruit, a missing anchor from Iowa. My first News Director and I still investigate the case to this day and chronicle our findings along with our team at FindJodi.com – which is now a non-profit.
I never get bored as I find there is never enough time in a day to follow interests, hobbies and learn new things. And you’ll find me on the golf course endlessly working on my game. What other sport can you play into your 80s? This website highlights my interest in tech, biz and TV News – and how I can help others solve their tech problems on and offline. Never hesitate to reach out.
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Update 07.07.17 – We rescued a kitten that couldn’t have been more than 5 weeks old from the rainy parking lot of McDonald’s in Lakeland, Florida. His name is Mickey, of course. Now our other cat Scarlett has a new buddy. We’re back to 2 cats, 2 dogs, Bella and us. House is busting at the seams.
Update 04.08.16 – We welcomed our first child, Bella James Benson to the family. She’s a happy, healthy little girl and we couldn’t be more thrilled.
Update 10/2015 – Tara is pregnant, so life is about to get even crazier! We couldn’t be more excited.
Update 08/2015 – We just rescued two Black Lab/Rhodesian Ridgeback mix puppies. Brother and sister. Scout and Savannah. You can follow their growth spurts on Instagram if you’re absolutely bored or in need of some puppy love.