AuthorJosh Benson

Josh Benson writes about the web, social media, entrepreneurship, television news and life in general. He covers the days news as a news anchor for WFLA-TV in Tampa, Florida. He's also a web designer/developer. He lives in Tampa, Florida with his wife Tara and two daughters Bella and Brooklyn.

Welcome home, grab a shovel

Made it. What a journey. I really want to pressure wash myself of airports, cheap hotels, long lines, Delta cookies (but they’re still so damn good) and the various knots in my left shoulder blade. I arrived home about noon today to a driveway that was BURIED. My parents were stuck at my brother’s house and were nice enough to pick me up at the airport when I finally arrived from...

Vacation Day 1: Epic Fail

Have you ever been to Grand Forks, North Dakota? Neither have I. That is, until today. What started as an exuberant morning to kick off the first day of my holiday vacation – only ended cold, alone and in the beautiful prison of Grand Forks, North Dakota. Ah, it’s not that bad. It’s a town known for a few things: floods, drinking and hockey. Damn good hockey team. My tale of woe...

Off to the Great, White ______.

Ah, the possibilities of filling in the blank. Disaster? Wonderland? Trainwreck? White-out? I’m about to embark on a cross-country adventure back home to see my family in the small town of Scandia, Minnesota. The problem is, a massive storm is a-brewin’ and we’re going to meet face to face when I get there. According the Startribune.com, here are some highlights from...

Where’s my jacket?

It’s getting cold. Should be in the 30s tonight. I’m freezing. What a baby I’ve turned into. In Minnesota it’s supposed to dip to single digits. Then drop even colder. It’s amazing what a few years in the desert, then a few months in tropical temperatures can do to your body. Anything below 65 starts to feel cold. And the 30s? Forgettabout it. I had to scrounge...

How to follow a new team (I think?)

I’m from Minnesota and one thing is for certain, I will always love Minnesota sports teams despite how terrible they are. The Twins (Baseball) and the Vikings (Football) are my favorites, followed by the Wild (Hockey), then Gophers (Football/Basketball), then the Timberwolves (Basketball). I am not a fan of the NBA. And the last time I was a true fan of the Timberwolves was back when Pooh...

Video production flashback

I lived in Tucson, Arizona nearly five years. The Johnjay and Rich radio show is a popular program in those parts. My good buddy Ben Aaron (now on the air at NBC in NYC) used to be my roommate and had a mutual interest in all-things TV. Johnjay approached us to create a promo video for the show. We had a pile of VHS tapes, a mini-DV camera, a Mac with Final Cut Pro…and my Chewbacca costume...

Happy Thanksgiving. Please watch.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Enjoy the turkey, the stuffing, cranberries, mashed potatoes and gravy and all the tasty beverages. And when the tryptophan kicks in and you’re quietly napping on the couch, flip on Channel 9 or 27 and join us for another action packed half-hour of central Florida news.
We’ll be there. (:

New coffee machine rumors

There are rumors circulating that there’s a new Keurig coffee machine in the newsroom. This is important for two reasons: 1. Coffee dispensed with the push of a button is not only low-stress, it’s genius (especially when the coffee tastes good). 2. News employees with access to good, free and quick coffee are happy employees. Happiness in a news setting is worth every cent. I work...

Gyro Girl: No shame in their game

There’s no shame in Kronos Products’ game, that’s for sure. You gotta love businesses that have a hard time letting go of the past, especially when it relates to advertising. I snapped this gem of the Gyro Girl in Phoenix after walking by a Greek restaurant. Loving the hair, my late 80s – early 90s princess. Sell that gyro! But wait, there’s an update! I just found...

Dash cams everywhere (just not in Orlando)

When I moved to Orlando and started at WFTV-TV, I noticed we cover a lot of crime stories. A lot. Our reporters are very good at tracking down details about crimes that have occurred – and they do it quickly. Frankly, they have to if they want to get a story on the air. I covered one story about a guy who claimed that Orlando Police rammed his car and he wanted to be reimbursed. With dash...

Josh Benson

Josh Benson writes about the web, social media, entrepreneurship, television news and life in general. He covers the days news as a news anchor for WFLA-TV in Tampa, Florida. He's also a web designer/developer. He lives in Tampa, Florida with his wife Tara and two daughters Bella and Brooklyn.

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