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Denis McDonough: Center Field to Center Stage

By now you’ve seen the famous image released by the White House of President Obama and his staff watching and hearing elements of the mission that took out Osama Bin Laden. When I first saw the image, it wasn’t the Commander in Chief who caught my eye, or even Hillary Clinton’s terrified facial expression to which she later remarked, “I am somewhat sheepishly concerned...

The run for Sweeps

This is always a busy time of year. Sweeps periods fall during four different months of the year. While we continually run hard ALL the time at WFTV, we focus on putting together stories for sweeps that really get to the bottom of a topic – we put some extra ‘oomph’ into it. Today my photographer Dan and I were in Daytona Beach meeting a computer forensics pro – a truly...

Breaking and Entering

Today my photographer Dan and I were on a shoot for an upcoming story. We stopped by his house after the shoot was over and I apologized to his neighbor. Let me tell you why… Last week while Dan and I were rushing to finish up a story, we had to stop at his house to get a special camera. I was on the phone. He ran in to grab the camera. I had to use the bathroom. I finished up the call as I...

New jobs for some great guys

My buddy Kenneth Moton is heading to a colder climate – but a hot television market. Kenneth is a reporter at our station WFTV and he just landed a job at WPVI, the ABC station in Philadelphia (Market #4). Kenneth works night-side on the same shift as me and is often going live in some dark, spooky places covering crazy stories! He’s always been a happy and positive guy in the...

Tucson, Tuscon, Tuscan

Something I learned immediately when I got a job at KVOA was how to spell T-U-C-S-O-N. It’s amazing to see how often it is misspelled on national, cable and local television news coverage, even in the newspaper. It’s also mispronounced a million different ways as well. I’m hoping the news out of Tucson will shed a little light for fellow news peeps to spell and say it right!

Tucson shooting coverage, aftermath

Anytime there’s a big story like the shooting in Tucson – you can’t help but glue yourself to the TV to watch the latest developments. For me, it’s like an all day event despite little information that is reported. But when it’s in your backyard – it’s surreal. I shopped at the Safeway where the shooting occurred. I lived less than a mile away. So to see...

Everybody’s workin’ for the weekend

Not really. But Brian Monahan and I are holding down the fort at WFTV tonight (Sunday). Brian is our new meteorologist from WINK-TV in Fort Myers. If you have a chance to tune in tonight, we’ll be on Channel 27 for Eyewitness News at 10:00 and then over on Channel 9 for Eyewitness News at 11:00. I also told him about my recent discovery of Doorstep Delivery. This is an ingenious website...

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...

Good time to be a sketch artist

A sketch artist always seems to be a good career move. There will always be criminals. There will always be people trying to identify the criminals. What I find so interesting is the different styles and artistic abilities of each artist. It makes for some wild representations of the criminal. Central Florida sketch artists are pretty good for the most part. We have had a rash of stories recently...

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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