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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...

Naked jogger taken down with taser

I just wrote an entry about some of the most bizarre stories we cover in Orlando. And here we go again. This was a story makes the list for sure (as reported on our WFTV-TV website): A police dashboard-cam and taser-cam video has been released showing a West Melbourne police officer chasing down a naked jogger wearing swimming goggles and nothing else. The officer had to use his taser to get him...

Bizarre Anchor Ledes: Only in Orlando

It was quite interesting for me to move from anchoring the morning news in Tucson, Arizona  to the evening news in Orlando, Florida. Perhaps one of the biggest changes I’ve noticed was the news itself. Some of the content in the scripts I proofread before newscasts is oftentimes hard to believe. But it’s real. An ‘anchor lede’ is the first sentence leading into an...

WFTV Senate debate: busy day, successful results

This place was jammed on Wednesday. WFTV hosted a debate for the Florida Senate race between Congressman Kendrick Meek (D), Governor Charlie Crist (I) and Marco Rubio (R). Each candidate held little back as they volleyed shots back and forth and teamed up on poll-leader Rubio. It’s bound to be a riveting race. ABC’s Good Morning America co-anchor George Stephanopoulos was lead...

Florida senate race hits Orlando and WFTV-TV

The newsroom is abuzz here at WFTV-TV as U.S. Senate candidates Charlie Crist, Kendrick Meek and Marco Rubio prepare for a debate surrounding the issues facing Florida and the country. The debate will be broadcast live at 7:00PM (eastern) from Studio A here at WFTV-TV and hosted by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. This will be the candidates 2nd debate. It’s a hot race. Some supporters...

Skywitnessing it all from above

News helicopters are so cool. And they are such a valuable tool. I’ve never worked at a station that has a news helicopter until now. And boy, have I been missing out. Some of the pictures we get into our newsroom are unbelievable. At a moment’s notice, our chopper “Skywitness 9 HD” is in the air from Orlando Executive Airport en route to a breaking news story. Our...

iPad replacing news scripts? Down with War and Peace!

It’s a sight that takes my breath away. Not in a good way. Every morning they sit there, stacked perfectly, just waiting for me to rifle through, Sharpie-to-death and quickly file into the black rubber basket next to my chair. News scripts have a come a long way. They used to spit out from a massive printing machine in triplicate form. As an anchor early in my career, I remember squinting...

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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