In Picking The Victors, Media Get Another Drubbing - Emily Carlson

01.12.08 (2:32 pm)   [edit]
Mis-predicting the New Hampshire primary: Monday's New York Post had Hillary Clinton down, and Newsweek was glued to Barack Obama. (New York Post) Really interesting article. Makes me think twice about why I do what I do as a journalist. Not to believe all the hype, the polls and the commentators. To look at BOTH SIDES of the story. By Howard KurtzWashington Post Staff Writer Tom Brokaw, like virtually everyone on television, went on the air Tuesday night expecting Hillary Clinton to get whipped in New Hampshire. "I was buying into all the conventional wisdom as well," says the former NBC anchor, who was struck by how quickly his colleagues backed off their bombast about Barack Obama's imminent triumph. "The pirouettes are amazing," says Brokaw, who was analyzing the campaign on MSNBC. "The utter confidence with which everyone had been wrong 20 minutes earlier, they have the same utter confidence about what produced this surprise. It's intellectually dishonest." Clinton's come-from-behind moment came on the same evening that John McCain -- all but buried by the press last summer -- was winning New Hampshire's Republican primary. And it was five days after Mike Huckabee, all but ignored by the media for most of 2007, won in Iowa. The series of blown calls amount to the shakiest campaign performance yet by a profession seemingly addicted to snap judgments and crystal-ball pronouncements. Not since the networks awarded Florida to Al Gore on Election Night 2000 has the collective media establishment so blatantly missed the boat. The reasons are legion: News outlets are serving up more analysis and blogs to remain relevant in a wired world. Many cash-strapped organizations are spending less on field reporting, and television tries to winnow a crowded field for the sake of a better narrative. Cable shows and Web sites provide a gaping maw to be filled with fresh speculation. Tracking polls fuel a conventional wisdom that feeds on itself. The length of today's campaigns provides more twists and turns long before most voters tune in. And there is a natural journalistic tendency to try to peer around the next corner. "Look at this cycle," says CBS correspondent Jeff Greenfield. "McCain front-runner, McCain dead, McCain is back. Hillary inevitable, Hillary toast, Hillary is back. There is no defense for this. It is built into our DNA." Greenfield fell into the trap with a Slate piece Tuesday on how Clinton and other candidates could recover from early losses, leading to a hastily added postscript: " OK, Hillary won tonight. Oh, waiter, two orders of crow, please. This is what happens when you ignore your own advice to let the people vote first." Once it was enough to cover and analyze a campaign. Now, in an age of endless blogging and blabbing, journalists rush to declare winners and losers in advance. They rely on a plethora of polls that sometimes miss late shifts in sentiment, driven by events such as the endless replays of Clinton choking up in a coffee shop Monday. Gina Glantz, Bill Bradley's 2000 campaign manager, says female voters resented the way mostly male pundits handled the incident. "Women watched the media treat her in almost demeaning ways -- not for what kind of president she would be, but whether she looked angry or practiced tearing up," Glantz says. "It was really quite obnoxious." In the post-Iowa euphoria over Obama, the narrative was set. Consider a front-page piece about the Clinton campaign in Tuesday's New York Times: "Key campaign officials may be replaced. She may start calling herself the underdog." Or Tuesday's Washington Post: "Obama has opened up a clear lead, and a second victory over Clinton would leave the New York senator's candidacy gasping for breath." Or Tuesday's Chicago Tribune: "With a cluster of new polls in New Hampshire showing Obama building a substantial lead . . . the state appeared poised to play its storied role in humbling perceived front-runners." The New York Post went with one word over a Hillary picture: "PANIC." The message was similar on Tuesday's newscasts. "Democrat Barack Obama may be heading for his second big victory in less than a week," said CBS's Katie Couric. "There is talk and evidence of an Obama wave moving through this state on the eve of its primary," ABC's Charlie Gibson said. His colleague George Stephanopoulos said the Clinton camp wanted to "squash any calls for her to get out of the race." After MSNBC called the primary for Clinton at 10:31 p.m., the news business was left scrambling for explanations, such as whether some New Hampshire residents had misled pollsters about their intention to vote for a black candidate. The comeback by McCain, who took a swipe at "the pundits" in his victory speech, was equally remarkable in light of the media's earlier verdict on his candidacy. In recent days, the world was reminded that: McCain had been "left for dead," in the words of Chris Matthews. "This is a guy who was left for dead," Chris Wallace said. "Left for dead months ago," said New York's Daily News. "Left for dead politically this summer," said The Washington Post. "Pretty much considered all washed up," Couric said. "Largely written off," said the New York Times. "Nearly written off just a few months ago," said Tucker Carlson. And who, exactly, had been burying, writing off and otherwise performing last rites on the Arizona senator? It was, of course, America's journalists. "With his presidential campaign in a state of near-collapse," the Los Angeles Times reported in July, "Sen. John McCain accepted the resignations of two top advisers Tuesday, then quickly named a new campaign manager in a bid to put his candidacy for the Republican nomination back on course." The Washington Post said then that "the campaign's mounting problems have raised doubts about whether McCain can survive in the crowded but still-wide-open Republican nomination contest." Did journalists go too far? "There's this world of Georgetown chatter and fun-house mirrors, then the voters show up six weeks out and drive the reality, and the media's shocked and annoyed," says Mike Murphy, a former McCain strategist. "Two-thirds of the press are caught in the cliches of the moment and the groupthink of the echo chamber in Washington and New York." CBS's Greenfield disagrees, saying: "His whole staff imploded and he was broke. The press was covering McCain in deep trouble because he was in deep trouble." With 18 White House wannabes at the outset, news outlets had to rely on triage, based in part on who is raising big bucks. If McCain is viewed as faltering and Rudy Giuliani is leading the Republican polls -- despite media predictions that conservatives would reject him -- the former mayor gets more coverage. If Huckabee is deemed a hopeless long shot, most reporters spend their time chasing the anointed front-runners. John Edwards got a fraction of the coverage lavished on his celebrity rivals, Clinton and Obama, even though he wound up finishing second in Iowa. Mark Feldstein, a George Washington University journalism professor, describes political reporters as "superficial sportswriters. Covering the campaign is almost like joining a cult, with a cocoonlike bubble as you travel from event to event. There's a lemminglike quality." The urge to forecast political outcomes is not unlike a gambling addiction, with a record that would bankrupt most Vegas high rollers. Bill Clinton's 1992 campaign compiled a video of all the pundits who had written him off. In the fall of 2000, Slate's William Saletan said candidate George W. Bush was "toast" (the preferred food item for predictions of political death). In late 2003, some columnists urged John Kerry to withdraw to spare himself a humiliating defeat by Howard Dean. "When you have a campaign-in-disarray story, that is one of the juiciest stories in presidential politics," says Tad Devine, who was a senior strategist for Kerry and Gore. "Everyone is intoxicated by that. It's a tremendous distraction for a campaign, but voters could care less." There is little sign that this behavior is going to change. No newspaper will run a correction saying, "The Daily Blab incorrectly reported in July that Sen. John McCain's campaign lacked a pulse, despite an absence of medical evidence." No anchor will read a statement saying, "We regret our unseemly rush to judgment about Hillary Clinton's chances." The news business corrects inaccurate titles and mangled quotes, but rarely overheated reporting. After the 2000 election fiasco, the networks grew more careful about calling races based on exit polls. But such caution did not extend to pre-election speculation. Marty Kaplan, a journalism professor at the University of Southern California, wrote on the Huffington Post that the mainstream media had been humiliated and that this "could be the MSM's Katrina. Political media, you've done a heckuva job." Brokaw, who became NBC's anchor at the dawn of the cable era, says his colleagues must be wary of the demands of modern technology. "This is the age-old curse of pack journalism," Brokaw says. "These conversations that used to be held in the bar late at night, about who's going to win or lose, now play out on the air because there's so much time to fill."

Sports ‘scandal’ an example of spaghetti journalism - Emily Carlson

01.09.08 (8:52 am)   [edit]
By Mike Pound, Joplin Globe columnist It was one of those stories that you hear about all the time. A big-time college athlete is caught accepting favors he shouldn’t from a sports agent. This time, the allegations were made by a TV station in Little Rock, Ark., and concerned Arkansas University running back Darren McFadden. The report was big news when it aired shortly before the Razorbacks were to play the University of Missouri in the Cotton Bowl. As college sports scandals go, the one aired on KARK-TV was pretty juicy. It involved a former Razorback athlete, a current Razorback athlete and an expensive SUV. There was only one problem: The story was — to use a journalism expression — full of bull. So full of bull, in fact, that Rob Heverling, the station’s news director, had to issue a statement apologizing for his news department’s “poor standards of reporting.” At least Heverling apologized. In St. Louis, not only did the news director of a TV station that ran a major story that also turned out to be wrong not apologize for the error, he bragged about running the mistake-ridden report. And for his efforts, has been rewarded with a better job in a larger television market. It was reported Monday in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Kingsley Smith, formerly the news director at Fox affiliate KTVI-TV in St. Louis, has taken a similar job with the Fox affiliate in Philadelphia, Pa. It was KTVI-TV in St. Louis that reported shortly before the Mitchell Report — on the use of performance-enhancing drugs in baseball — was released that Albert Pujols would be named in it. Big story ... if it was true. It wasn’t. When reached for comment by the Post-Dispatch after the Mitchell Report came out and the Pujols story was debunked, Smith didn’t seem too concerned about the mistake. In fact, he seemed proud of the erroneous report. He said the Fox brand allowed his station to have a “certain sense of edginess and aggressiveness,” and he contrasted his station’s approach with that of the other St. Louis stations that opted not to run a story based on a rumor. “If you want to have your button-up newscast packaged with a bow, there are stations in town that do that and have been doing it for 25 years,” is what Smith said. Yeah, that whole “facts” thing can sure bog down a newscast. I don’t mean to pick on TV news or on sports reports, because you can kind find examples of shoddy reporting in all sorts of media. But still. I mean, how can you run a story accusing a football player, shortly before one of the biggest games of his life, of violating NCAA rules without making sure the story was correct? Judging by how quickly the Little Rock station had to back off its story, it shouldn’t have been too hard to do. Look, I don’t know if McFadden has ever accepted gifts from sports agents or not. That sort of thing certainly has happened before in college sports. But the fact remains, the story the TV station aired was wrong. It was riddled with inaccuracies. Same goes for the Pujols story. Whether Pujols at some point in his past did use a performance-enhancing drug isn’t the issue. The issue is that the St. Louis TV station reported — pretty much as fact — that he would be named in the Mitchell Report, and he wasn’t. One of the arguments I’ve heard for this rush to get stories on the air, on the Web or in print is the climate of instant communication in which we live. The fear, some news folks say, is that if you don’t get your story out there in a hurry, someone else will beat you to it. So what if the story is wrong? We can just pull it and run another story that might also be wrong. Look, just about every reputable news organization — this paper included — has made mistakes. It happens. But most reputable news organizations — this paper included — hate it when mistakes are made. Just ask any Globe reporter — this reporter included — what happens when a mistake is made. I’m just worried that some news outlets don’t take mistakes as seriously as others do. I’m worried that some news outlets are practicing what I call spaghetti journalism: throwing stories against the wall to see if they stick. I’m worried that when news outlets practice spaghetti journalism, someone will get burned. And I’m worried that it won’t be the news outlets.

Holidays over for TV journalists as caucus looms

12.30.07 (10:03 am)   [edit]


By Paul J. Gough

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - After a couple days off for Christmas, TV journalists on the campaign trail are hunkered down in Des Moines through New Year's and the Iowa caucus on Thursday.

Although it seems as if the 2008 presidential campaign has been going on since November 2004, next week is the first time voters will get to pick from among the Republican and Democratic candidates. For the past several weeks, the caucus has been the subject of a full-court press by the journalists covering the major candidates who have been jetting between Iowa and New Hampshire and elsewhere around the country.

And it's all hands on deck from now until Thursday, when caucus-goers gather all over the Hawkeye State.

"Basically, the idea is that everyone is down (takes off) the 24th and 25th (of December) and that's it," said Chuck Todd, political director of NBC News, before the holiday.

Said Jeff Greenfield, CBS News chief political correspondent and a veteran of many presidential campaigns, "It definitely screws up many vacations."

Blame the accelerated primary season in a month that will blow harder than a blizzard in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, or Manchester, N.H. Iowa's early start gives only five days until the New Hampshire primary January 8, followed quickly by South Carolina, Michigan and Nevada ahead of "Super Duper Tuesday" on February 5, when 20 states including California and New York will hold voting.

That's something new, said CNN senior political correspondent Candy Crowley.

"In years past, you had a little breathing room," she said. "This year, you don't." For Crowley, that meant buying gift cards for loved ones this year and rushing to figure out what to do about Christmas dinner for her grown children in the few days she had at home before the holiday. 

Not that anyone's complaining much. For political journalists such as Greenfield and Crowley, this is it. Greenfield said the 2008 campaign has been one of the most interesting he's ever covered.

"This one for a whole lot of reasons is right up there," he said. "We are wide open on both parties, and we are possibly going to nominate and/or elect a woman or a black or a Mormon or an Italian-American president -- none of which has ever happened. On that level alone, it's fascinating."

ABC News political director David Chalian said the campaign likely will go full blast New Year's Eve and New Year's Day because the candidates have only a finite amount of time to make a difference.

"The campaign trail goes relatively quiet on the 24th and 25th, but I don't think you'll see that on the first," Chalian said. "Even though it's New Year's and everything, it's 48 hours out (from the caucus), and that's when people are deciding."

"Fox News Sunday" executive producer Marty Ryan said interest has heated up among viewers since Labor Day, reaching ever higher in the days before Iowa and New Hampshire.

"For eight or nine days, it'll be a topic of full interest by everybody," Ryan said.

And that will continue through February 5, when the election wave recedes for the moment. There might even be a nominee from one or both parties, though few people are going to put money on that right now.

"Now it's pretty frenetic until the 6th of February, after Super Duper Tuesday," Crowley said. "Then it goes into hibernation while they raise money and figure out what the spring campaign will look like. There will be a lull. There's an end to this craziness in February."

There's "Christmas in Connecticut" and "Autumn in New York," but CBS News' Greenfield noted that there's no precedent for this.

"Nobody wrote a song called 'New Year's Eve in Des Moines,'" Greenfield said.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

A License for Local Reporting

12.27.07 (8:01 am)   [edit]

JOURNALISTS are instinctively libertarian, at least when it comes to journalism. We like the conversation about journalism and the federal government to begin and end with a robust defense of the First Amendment. That’s why journalists have not been leading participants in the debate over the Federal Communications Commission’s regulation of broadcasting, even though the future of our profession and its public mission is at stake.

But our profession needs to cast its reluctance to discuss broadcast regulation aside, and to let its voice be heard, loud and clear — on behalf of local reporting. The outcome of F.C.C. policy that matters most to us is not who owns what, but how much news gathering goes on.

On Tuesday, the F.C.C., in a close vote, decided to relax its rule against one company owning both broadcast and newspaper properties in a single market. Kevin J. Martin, the F.C.C. chairman, has offered a journalistic justification for this move: broadcast profits would help pay for the substantial news-gathering staffs at newspapers.

But local television and radio stations should be doing their own news gathering, rather than merely serving as support systems for news gathering by newspapers. Besides, if Mr. Martin were really so passionate about news gathering, he wouldn’t have restricted the F.C.C.’s action to media properties in big cities. Don’t small-town news organizations need help, too?

For a quarter-century, the F.C.C. has steadily moved toward the deregulation of broadcasting. This seems to have had the effect of reducing the resources available for original broadcast reporting, especially about public affairs.

There have been salutary countervailing trends — the Internet is great for opinion journalism and for broadening public access to information, though not very good yet as an economic support system for news gathering — but television and radio stations generally have smaller news staffs today than they did in the era before deregulation. That represents a real loss for American democracy.

As deans of journalism schools, we are devoting our working lives to the proposition that honest, aggressive, well-trained reporters and editors will be a powerful force for good in society. In broadcasting — still a heavily regulated industry and one in which some of the best news for journalism in recent decades has come through public-policy interventions like the creation of public radio and public television — we do not believe that the market can be absolutely trusted to provide the local news gathering that the American system needs to function at its best.

The F.C.C. ought to treat a broadcast licensee’s commitment of resources to original local reporting on public affairs as a key factor in its decisions about regulatory issues. Companies should be required to make a persuasive case that they will increase their commitment to local reporting if they get what they want — whether they aspire to own broadcast properties and newspapers in the same market; or, thanks to the onset of digital television, to turn every channel they control into several channels; or to expand their national market share in broadcasting or cable television.

For decades, holders of broadcast licenses had to make frequent, detailed arguments for their fitness to have their licenses renewed. They had to demonstrate a commitment to original reporting and to airtime for local public affairs.

The F.C.C. has always been lenient about renewing broadcast licenses, but it meant something that licensees had to go through a demanding renewal process. Now license renewal is so effortless it is known as “postcard renewal.” Even the pretense that there is a connection between the grant of a broadcast license and a promise to report on one’s community is all but gone.

This week’s moves by the F.C.C. are only the beginning of a contentious period in which Congress, the courts and other interested parties will vigorously discuss a range of issues involving the regulation of newspapers, cable television and broadcast television that will affect the future of journalism. Journalists, as advocates for local reporting, must become forceful participants in the debate.

— Roderick P. Hart, dean of the University of Texas journalism school; Alex S. Jones, director of Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy; Thomas Kunkel, dean of the University of Maryland journalism school; Nicholas Lemann, dean of the Columbia Journalism School; John Levine, dean of the Northwestern journalism school; Dean Mills, dean of the University of Missouri journalism school; David M. Rubin, dean of the Syracuse school of public communications; and Ernest Wilson, dean of the University of Southern California school of communication.

A Day Without Immigrants

12.17.07 (11:36 pm)   [edit]
Hundreds of thousands of immigrant workers across the country skip work today... flexing their muscles in a boycott that shut down countless farms, factories, and restaurants down. It's called the "Day without Immigrants". Rallies are gathering across the country to show Congress how without their work, the U.S. economy would be crippled.
News 12's Emily Carlson brings us the debate in our area.
Jessica and Tony Carro are glued to their television screen, sitting silently at home in protest of congress' attempts to tough immigration Laws. "I had a hole in my eardrum and they told her in Mexico they needed to get it fixed and they couldn't get it fixed in Mexico." Tony came to the United States when he was just a baby. His pregnant mother broke the law when she crossed the border with her sick son. "She brought us all over here illegally trying to get me fixed so I could live a better life." Legal now, it angers Tony and sister Jessica to hear people like their mother, who moved to this county in order to work, being called criminals. "Not one of us in our family has ever stepped inside a jail and to be called a criminal it's not right." Today Jessica and Tony refuse to work, go to school, or support the American economy. While many are at home supporting immigrants, workers here at Bonito Guadalajara restuaraunt are at work just like it's any other day. They say that in a community as small as Mankato, staying at home just one day isn't enough to make a difference. "As a minority in a small town they won't listen really." Guadalupe says none of the immigranats who make up her staff asked for the day off. She says today she's doing what she came to this county to do. "We have to work that's why we came here." So while Guadalupe is happy serving her customers, satisfied with the way our county treats her "I agree with the government that's fine with whatever they decide to do" others demand the government change their attitude. "It's the policy makers this is an election year they're making a big deal when it could affect all of America."
In Mankato, Emily Carlson, News 12.

Canadian Company Scams Local Woman

12.17.07 (11:34 pm)   [edit]
A St James woman scammed out of thousands of dollars... and there's little she can do to get her life savings back. News 12's Emily Carlson shows us how a Canadian company was sent her money.... ight to their door.
Can you keep a secret for three thousand dollars? "They asked me if I could keep a secret or if I'd be telling everyone what I'd be doing I said no, I can keep a secret."
Sheila Ratzlaff Chute knew she could "I got a check in the mail. This check."
So she cashed this $3, 715 check Secret Shoppers sent her.
"I thought I could do this, be a secret shopper, it's easy." A legitimate looking website and a friendly representative convinced her the job was simple. Her first task?... take most of the money from the check Secret Shoppers mailed her, and send it by money order back to Canada to someone she doesn't know.
"I said I really find it interesting that I have a relative in Canada. I didn't know that and he said it's not really your relative its just a name we're using."
Sheila sent over $3, 000 to a fake relative in Canada at this Money-Gram station. Something the St. James police say is a really bad idea.
"It's fraud they're trying to trick you they're trying to make it sound like this is something we do all the time so go ahead."
But after Sheila went ahead and cashed the check, her bank returned it. It was a fraud. "Oh my word, now I'm responsible for the check." Responsible because there's very little police can do to track down the person who picked up the Money-Gram in Canada.
"They disappeared it's going to be very difficult to day the least."
Which leaves Sheila with no other option but to pay back the money. "I've lost my life savings I have nothing. It's a well planned thing that they've got to make money that's how they make money by tricking people."
Sheila admits she made a horrble mistake trusting strangers with her money. Tonight she's begging you, to hold your money close . In St. James, Emily Carlson, News 12.

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How Benson Spent More than Two Weeks on the Run

12.06.07 (9:58 pm)   [edit]

Published Date: 05-03-2006 06:38 PM CT

Tonight, the level 3 sex offender who escaped St. Peter's Treatment Center and hid from police for over 2 weeks is back behind bars.  Now, the questions of where, when, how, and what Michael Benson has been doing for the last two weeks are being answered.

Dorothea, last night, Nicollet chief deputy Karl Jensen was in Kansas City to interview Benson about his escape. And you'll never believe the places the level three sex offender went.

For an escaped convict, Benson certainly didn't try very hard to hide when he was in Kansas city. Benson tells Chief Deputy Jensen he just couldn't resist going to a very public place during his stay in Kansas City... a place where thousands of people saw him, not to mention dozens of police and security officers. Michael Dale Benson was here at Kauffman stadium last week. At a very crowded, nationally televised baseball game. Benson says after being in a treatment center for so long, he just couldn't miss the opportunity to go to one of his beloved Twins games. In a heated conversation last night, Benson told police many details of his stay in Kansas City. The Nicollet County Chief Deputy says Benson was angry at some points in the interview, jovial at other. The most astonishing, police say... is when Benson said that he expected to be caught that week. "He told us he anticipated he may be captured this week just because he spent so long in Kansas city." Benson says he had no particular plans to head to Kansas City. Just to drive south, because he thought authorities would assume he was going north, to the Canadian border. Police say Benson claims he had no idea he was on national television, featured on the show America's Most Wanted. Jenson says while he takes in what Benson tells him with a grain of salt, he is sure Benson was clear on one thing: that he will not cooperate with the sheriff's office to return to Minnesota. Jenson says Benson doesn't want to come back, claiming he thinks law enforcement have quote "Bigger fish to fry" than go looking for an escaped level 3 sex offender. But the Nicollet Sherrif's department says the FBI caught a huge fish named Benson. They say Benson's biggest mistake.... when he continued driving this 1997 crown Victoria with the Minnesota license plates. Emily Carlson, News 12.

To watch the story on the KEYC website, click here.


Emily Carlson's KEYC story

12.03.07 (6:53 pm)   [edit]
Escaped Level Three Sex Offender Caught   
Published Date: 05-02-2006 06:46 PM CT

After 15 days on the run the nation wide search for a level three sex offender, escaped from our area is over. Tonight, 42 year old Michael Dale Benson is behind bars after his arrest early this morning in Kansas City. News 12's Emily Carlson joins us with the latest.
Their message all along has been not if, but when Benson would be captured. That "When" happened earlier today in Kansas City, Missouri, where FBI and Kansas City police spotted the 1997 Crown Victoria Benson allegedly stole the night he escaped from the St. Peter Treatment Center. This is video from America's Most Wanted website, which shows Benson being led into custody this morning. The FBI says the show, which featured Benson Saturday night, was crucial in putting the sex offender behind bars. "It's been damn good police work," St. Peter police chief Matt Peters says that after dozens of leads, a credible witness put Michael Benson in Kansas City. The FBI says Benson was using the name Michael Blue, shaved his beard and cut his hair, but made no attempt to hide. "We learned that Mr. Benson made company with a gentleman and had since then been in the company of that gentleman." The FBI says Michael Benson has been in Kansas City since Easter, when he met a man in a bar and moved into his house. Police and FBI started surveillance near that house early this morning, when they spotted that 1997 Crown Victoria with the same Minnesota plates. An hour and a half later, Michael Benson walked out of the house and got into that car. "Kansas City FBI with the Kansas City police department fugitive team conducted a felony stop, Mr. Benson was apprehended without incident and without weapons." Michael Benson and three other sex offenders escaped from the St. Peter treatment center back on April 15. They used a hacksaw blade to escape through the security window in one of their rooms. The other three escapees were caught that night, but Benson eluded police until this morning. "We are relieved certainly they have been working hours upon hours to catch the guy so that tells you certainly how dangerous we believed he was." At this time, police are looking into the possibility that level three sex offender and convicted rapist Michael Benson may have sexually assaulted someone else. Police say they have no idea why Benson fled to Kansas City. The man whom Benson was staying with was clueless to the fact he was living with an escaped felon. Right now Michael Benson sits in jail. The Nicollet County sheriff's chief deputy is on his way to Kansas City as we speak to negotiate his return to Minnesota. Emily Carlson, News 12.

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Emily Carlson's bio

12.01.07 (7:15 pm)   [edit]

Emily Carlson gained notoriety in two careers. First as a top level competitive figure skater and also as a broadcast journalist who has appeared on several television stations nationwide. Carlson grew up near Minneapolis, Minnesota. She was graduated from the Academy of Holy Angels. While attending Holy Angels she earned two gold medals. She rose to the top two percent of competitive figure skaters by passing a series of eight tests in both freestyle skating and moves. This is figure skating's highest honor at that level.

Emily Carlson in Mankato

Emily Carlson's Resume

11.29.07 (5:18 pm)   [edit]

Emily Carlson



WICD-TV Reporter/Fill in Anchor, Champaign, IL

May 2006 – August 2007

Generate story ideas, shoot, interview, write, edit reports. Daily live reports. Proficient in AVID editing.

KEYC-TV Reporter/Fill in Anchor, Mankato, MN

August 2005 – May 2006

Generate story ideas, shoot, interview, write edit reports. Produce, write, edit and fill my own shows when anchoring.

KSTP-TV State Capitol Intern, Minneapolis, MN

January 2005 – May 2005

Writer, segment producer, researcher, interviewer, segment coordinator.


Bachelor of Arts in BROADCAST JOURNALISM and English

University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN

Reporter/Anchor “Campus Scope,” television program.

Emphasis in Media Writing, Videography, Electronic Media Production, Mass Communications, Visual Communications, Broadcast Reporting, Media Ethics.


Proficient in BETA, DVC-pro, and AVID shooting and editing.

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I love what I do. The best part of my job is telling a story through pictures, sound, and words that makes a difference in people's lives. I believe being a journalist is a big responsibilty, one that I take very seriously. It is my job to get to the truth, reporting fair, balanced and accurate stories. I have had excellent on the job experience. At KEYC in Mankato, I was a "one man band" - meaning I did pretty much everything - from shooting and interviewing, to writing, and editing all my own stories. I used DVC-pro tapes to capture video, and edited that video linearly from tape to tape. I call myself a jack of all trades. Not only was I a photographer and reporter, I also produced and anchored shows. The opportunity to wear many hats helped mold me into a well rounded, accomplished journalist. From KEYC I moved to WICD in Champaign. As a nightside reporter, I expanded my skills to include live shots, three times a day. I was first on the scene during breaking news stories, bringing vital information during state senate elections, a shootout that killed three Champaign police officers, and the biggest snowstorm in Champaign history. Every live shot is a new story. I am constantly updating my scripts, bringing new information to the viewer. While at WICD, the newsroom upgraded to AVID editing systems. AVID allows me a whole new way to tell a story, using advanced technology to put together the best video, editing with the best tools.