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When you think a cold case is about to be solved

Many of you know that I co-founded a non-profit for a missing news anchor. Her name was Jodi Huisentruit. She worked in small market in Mason City, Iowa. She was abducted on June 17, 1995. And in 17 years of covering, investigating and dissecting her case, I thought yesterday it was about to be solved. This has happened literally dozens of times. I got into following the case in 2002 when I...

The Broom Challenge tests human intellect, disappoints

There’s a new social media challenge ready to sunset itself because it’s 15 minutes of fame are nearly up. The premise of the Broom Challenge is simple: balance a broom so it stands on its own. Easy enough right? Well, the Broom Challenge is sweeping the interwebs all thanks to a claim tying NASA to the social test. What is the Broom Challenge? According to Twitter, the Broom...

Dads and miscarriage: it’s sucks for everyone

If you’ve ever dealt with a miscarriage, I don’t have to tell you how frustrating, sad and awful it is. My wife Tara and I have dealt with our fair share and wished we hadn’t, but that’s life. We’ve found over time, the pain remains, but gets better when you work through it together. And for Dads and miscarriage, it’s not much easier. I learned a lot through...

Never too late to be thankful for what you’ve got

It’s been a week. Despite going down hard with a case of Strep Throat, I’ve been inundated with depressing news. Not within my circle (thank goodness), but just in general. In TV News, there’s no shortage of awful stories. It’s the reason a lot of you don’t watch local TV News anymore. I get it. But I still work in it and have to read the stories. Whether it was the...

If you need something done fast, call a journalist

I was fired back in 2013. It was unexpected. It sucked at the time. But it was one of the best things that’s ever happened to me. Truly. Because the following year I learned a lot about people, how they operate, how the world truly works and what our special powers are. When it comes to those of us who work in TV News (or any medium for that matter), we all have one particular power that we...

The best work gift ever

We live in a day and age where work gifts and parties are rare. The 80s were a time of excess and shenanigans: crazy holiday parties, big bonuses, extravagant gifts. Sadly, those days are a memory. Yes, it bled into the 90s. But in 2020 – while many companies enjoy big bottom lines – the giving is much less across the board. Regardless of who you work for. But I’m happy to...

A look back to when Twitter was just a funny word

Not only was Twitter a funny word, according to this photo there were a lot of funny moments back in Tucson, Arizona. Many moons ago, I worked in Tucson. Matter of fact, it was 2005 -2010. When I first moved there from Southern Minnesota, I was in shock. Easy to understand since it was a complete cultural bodyslam. I was a kid who could barely handle ‘Extra Mild’ Pace Picante sauce...

Alleged killer publicly posts image of dead wife on Facebook, company states it doesn’t violate policy

  UPDATE: Facebook has taken the profile in question offline. This post has been updated to reflect their follow-up response. File this one under learning to live in a social media world. I’ve seen a lot of awful things in my television news career. This is one of them. I’ll spare you most of the details. During our noon newscast, I received breaking news details from my producer...

Years of interruptible foldback

If you watch any amount of television news, chances are you’ve seen a news anchor or reporter put their finger up to the side of their ear as if they’re trying to hear something. That’s what’s happening. A tiny earpiece with a long cord attached is how producers, directors, camera operators, live truck operators and anyone else with control of a live situation in...

Lav microphone for iPhone could help TV news stations

If you work in television news, you know all about budget cuts. Actually, if you work in any industry, you may have noticed the effects of slimmer budgets at some point. In TV News, there are certain things that crews go ‘without’ when times are tough and the belt is tightened. Vending machines, reporter notebooks, Sharpies, free company Polo shirts…the list is long. Some things...

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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