Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Channel 3 Still Employs Reporters

It's not often you turn on the TV in Omaha and find that a TV reporter has actually done a real investigation. (We're not counting the "Welfare-Abusing, Chain-Smoking Extra-Ginormous Legumes" stories we get during sweeps as "real.")

But that's what Channel 3 viewers saw on Monday at 5 p.m. when Kathy Sarantos-Niver delved into the topic of battered men. If the veteran reporter is to be believed, during her routine checks of police blotters, she recently began noticing a high number of domestic violence cases in which men were victims. Over a relatively brief period, she tallied over 100 such cases, leading to her report, which included an interview with a man who had seen his friends being abused.

We've often complained about Sarantos-Niver's delivery, and we recently lodged a rare gripe about a Joe Jordan piece on Omaha officials' plans for evacuating the city. But these two reporters—both of whom have been with the station since the 1970s—along with WOWT's Gary Johnson are something of a vanishing breed. That is, they're reporters who (a) know something beyond haircare and wardrobe tips, and (b) dig for news, rather than waiting for it to come out in the form of a press release or a house fire.

Let's hope that these grizzled vets inspire some of their younger co-workers to carry on this important form of journalism, and that some of those younger types recognize its value.

18 comments:

Sean Weide said...

Kathy Sarantos Niver was also first to break the story of Daniel Herek being ticketed for lewd conduct in the parking lot of Crossroads Mall.

RogerJohnson said...

On the lewd conduct story, Kathy Sarantos Niver used the word masterbating numerous times in the story, it was pretty damn creepy. I wish she would just say lewd act.

Sidebar Sam said...

Sean: That's because Kathy Sarantos Niver ...... Is Daniel Herek!!!!!!!!!

omatvwatcher said...

When was that? I know 42 had that story late last week. Did she have it earlier in the week?

weatherwoman said...

sidebar sam, you are too funny fro your own good ;)

joeygrisgris said...

Carefull Sam.....would hate to have someone accuse you of Here(k)sy.

Man1 said...

While I didn't work for KM3, I had the honor of working with Gary Johnson on occasion, and will forever consider him one of the best reporters I worked with.

I knew both Jordan and Niver, and suffice it to say we always paid attention to what they did as well.

Consultants and salesmen drive this business, but sometimes, just when you're expecting the whole pack of wolves to take over, a nugget shines through and reminds you of what you got into this business for. That said, you have to deal with some of the evils to get some good out there. I've covered the Trix rabbit, yet still managed to pull through other excellent investigative pieces.

The consultants can get you down, but the true journalists will still fight to get what they know are good stories on the air. Sounds like you found just that here.

TVSheila said...

Hey-is ANYONE paying attention?! hNiver did NOT break the Daniel Herick story-KPTM (yea-gasp!) broke it, interviewed his roommate, went to the door of the people making the allegation, interviewed Mall personell, talked to neighbors...much more in depth then Niver's little story.

It was actually pretty interesting...

TVSheila said...

Hey-is ANYONE paying attention?! hNiver did NOT break the Daniel Herick story-KPTM (yea-gasp!) broke it, interviewed his roommate, went to the door of the people making the allegation, interviewed Mall personell, talked to neighbors...much more in depth then Niver's little story.

It was actually pretty interesting...

P.Wellington said...

While consultants and News Directors wouldn't agree, the world of TV news needs more reporters like Joe, Kathy, and Gary. All know how to use sources, work sources and find stories their competitors fresh out of J-school miss. Usually because they are meeting with the consultants and trying to decide which make up suits them best when the bright lights are on.

weatherwoman said...

Tvsheila~ No one knows that because no one watches KPTM.

Really? That sounds like a pretty darn good story, and I'm sorry I missed it. I'd love to see more "real" reporting. Thank you for that info.

I've labored thru their show in the past and all their promos for "later at ..blah blah blah" and then the piece turns out to be only 2 minutes long and provided no news to me. I will give it a try again.

Sean Weide said...

tvsheila:

You can always watch KPTM's local stories on-line at kptm.com.

omatvwatcher:

I know that KMTV's story on Daniel Herek aired at 5 p.m. Friday. When did KPTM's air its story on him? (The website does not provide story airdates.)

blog-watcher said...

TV Shiela, everytime you post on here you defend kptm. Just curious, but why? What is it you like about the staton? I mean you almost act as those you did that story....oh wait...maybe you did!

TVSheila said...

I really got a kick out of your post...yea, I guess you're right, I do seem to defend KPTM alot. No I don't work there (I use to work at WOWT...)It's just that KPTM is on at a decent time and I always watch it so I guess I like some things about it. I cannot for the life of me watch WOWT-John Nicely's eyebrows and neck movements distract me from the news. I like Rob McCartney-but Julie always looks too concerned about everthing.

A note on KPTM? I hate the lighting, the weekend weather girl, and Tracy Jacim! I really like Amanda Mueller, Dave Hansen and Tyson...whatever his name is.

There are worse stations in town...

blog-watcher said...

I was just wondering. Thanks for clearing it up.

omatvwatcher said...

Sean,

I don't remember exactly when it was, but it was either Thursday or Friday.

Sean Weide said...

omatvwatcher:

Thanks for the follow up. Perhaps KPTM can start dating its news accounts on its website. Then, we would know for sure.

DarthSchrader said...

I wish she would do an investigative report on why I beat myself while watching pornography.

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