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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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