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18 years: the search for Jodi Huisentruit

18 years is a hell of a long time to wait without answers. I can’t imagine how the family of former television news anchor Jodi Huisentruit must truly feel. I’ve talked with a few of them over the years and we stay in touch, but to deal with the pain and agony of not knowing where a loved one is, must truly be the worst nightmare anyone can face. Jodi was abducted 18 years ago today...

Suits, custom-suits and custom, laser-cut suits?

I’ve always been a fan of a really good suit. I can’t say I’ve owned anywhere near the best kind of suit a guy can buy, but I’m happy with some I currently own. The best kind of suit in my opinion is custom-made.  But for me, it’s hard to find suits that fit without a lot of work thanks to my long arms and torso.  It took me several years of discounted Hugo Boss...

Caption this: Lebron chats with a 5-year-old

Lebron James rolled up to the AmericanAirlines Arena Friday to take on the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. Upon doing so, he came across this 5-year-old at an intersection. I wondered what they chatted about. And yes, Lebron’s teeth were clearly fresh and clean for the game. Leave a guest comment below.

How to survive a rip current

We recently covered a sad story of a French tourist who disappeared into the waters off of Miami Beach. His body was found a few hours later. He was the victim of a strong rip current and simply couldn’t make it back to shore. I consider myself a pretty good swimmer. I was fortunate enough to have grown up with a swimming pool. My parents put me through swimming lessons as a kid. I love to...

The new mid-life crisis: the Internet

If you were asked to step away from the Internet, could you? No, stop and think hard. Could you actually stop using your cell phone apps, maps, Twitter, Facebook, Angry Birds, Skype, Facetime, Google….? Paul Miller is a man who took the challenge. I won’t tell you how it ends. But this video is quite a project by Paul and the group at The Verge. I didn’t know anything about Paul...

Primer: Your first, unexpected TV news interview

Oh no, that reporter is looking at me… Don’t pick me, don’t pick me…run. I gotta get out of here, I gotta… Oh hi! Yes, I was standing here and the cars just crashed right in front of me…. STOP. We know you’re annoyed, scared, mad and stressed out. You just saw a horrible accident. You’re having an awful hair day. And, it’s a Monday. The last...

New season. New website.

Hey everyone. Thanks for stopping by the website. I’m doing a little spring cleaning. I’m adding in a new theme and while I generally don’t program and design ‘live’ (since it’s a terrible practice), I’m doing so or a few days to monitor the layout of this new theme. I’m restructuring the way this blog works – more about the good stuff: Tech...

That day, 11 years ago

It doesn’t take long for people to start asking ‘where were you when the planes hit’ on any anniversary of 9/11. Today is no different. Unlike prior anniversaries, I’m not hearing the question asked person-to-person, per se, but more tweet-to-tweet. In a series of hash tags, trending topics and concise phrases, Twitter users do their best to say where they were, what they...

Back to school, back to work

I feel like I’ve been transported 20 years back in time. August in Minnesota was always hot and humid. You could sense fall was right around the corner as pro baseball entered it’s final stretch and promos for football flooded the airwaves. It was a time to gets some new ‘duds’ while hitting the back-to-school sales at the malls. It was a time to get rid of the scraggly...

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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