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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...

The Friday Squad: My favorite story

I often ask people in TV News about their favorite story. Many times they didn’t even cover it. It’s always interesting to see great work from other reporters and photographers from stations around the country. I saw what would be my favorite story when I became an intern at WCCO-TV in Minneapolis all the way back in 2001 (seems like forever ago). I worked alongside David Schechter at...

Amway Arena implosion photo

I just found all my pictures from the morning the Amway Arena was imploded. I have been meaning to put together a few of them in a time-lapse photo to show it going down. One of these days I will. But here is a pretty cool from that morning. While you can see it pretty well, it was the sound that was the best that morning. Very loud! The rubble from the Arena is still piled up as the developer...

Dude, where’s my car?

Chances are you’ve seen these two car attendants on their little joyride in the 1986 comedy film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Ferris drops off a Ferrari (owned by his buddy’s dad) to parking attendants to continue his ‘day off’ with friends, later to find out many miles were added to the odometer when they got the car back. Panic ensues. It’s a hell of a movie. It...

Caylee Anthony Memorial

My good friend Gary Peterson was in town this weekend. We were busy working on the launch of the new version of our website FindJodi.com. We’ve worked on the case 10 years and continue on…hoping to solve it. If you haven’t seen our new video – please check it out. While Gary was here, we took a drive out to the Caylee Anthony memorial in Orlando. I had never been out there...

Day 36: Chest, Shoulders & Triceps

Monday, Monday. You’re not that great. It was tough to get out of bed and get moving today. I had a Spreecast this morning and some other work to get done on the web, but I got my workout in before work at the TV station. This workout is pretty good. Upper body. Lot of pushups and dumbbell work. But I was fried again, so the performance was less than stellar. It’s been like a roller...

Old Amway Arena to implode in March

[singlepic id=7 w=360 h=240 float=left] I worked on a pretty neat story today. The old Amway Arena in Orlando will be imploded in March. Originally, developers were going to take it down piece by piece, but that wouldn’t be fun. BLOW IT UP! Actually, it’ll cost the same ($2 million from the city and the Creative Village Developers will pick up the rest), and will be cleared out by...

WFTV while the state wakes up

I had to share this picture from one of our talented photographers Phillip Mangels. He was out shooting early morning house fire with our reporter Steve Barrett and snapped this pic. He is quite the photographer on the side so he knows how to make it look great. But this gives you an idea of what is happening when most of us are sleeping in Central Florida. They’re busting their butts to...

The search for missing Orlando mom Michelle Parker

There are some interesting things happening in Orlando. A search is currently going on for a missing mother of three from Orlando. Michelle Parker has been missing more than two weeks now. She’s 33. She disappeared after dropping her kids off to ex-fiance Dale Smith’s house. That same day, an episode of ‘The People’s Court’ aired regarding a dispute they had over a...

Laboring this Labor Day

What is is like to have Labor Day off? I can’t say I’ve ever had it off. Television news never sleeps, and for that reason – I’ve worked the last 10 labor days as far as I can remember. I can’t say I mind. The days are quiet, people are happy and things get done in a quiet, controlled atmosphere.  The roads aren’t busy. And I can use a day off some other time...

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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