Had a few minutes to surf the internet tonight and came upon a mention in Memphis Media-Verse about an investigative series by the new investigative reporter at Newschannel 3.
Keli Rabon was chosen some time ago to fill the big shoes of Andy Wise. I’m not sure when Keli came on board or how many stories she’s put on the air at 3, but I’m impressed.
Now a lot of times, sweeps months cause tv station news departments to make fools of themselves. They run out tired over-done “investigative reports” hoping if they promote it enough and if they jump up and down and talk louder, viewers might actually come back to the tv sets and watch. You know the kinds of stories I’m talking about: checking to see how clean or dirty hotel sheets are, pay an ex-con to break into a house on live tv and put a stopwatch on him, launch an investigation into dirty computer keyboards, or follow a panhandler to see if they go to a $150,000 home.
But Rabon’s first series piece (as far as I know) was a new idea, a real investigation, and something that could affect every homeowner. The premise is this: crooks stealing homes by filing a new deed with the county. I have never heard of this scam, but according to Rabon the FBI actually sent out a warning earlier this year.
Not only was the reporting solid but she held her cool when a voice on the other-side of a front door told her he’d start shooting in ten seconds if she was still there. In Memphis, that is no idle threat. And she seemed to laugh out loud while holding a wireless lav mic to her cellphone to hear the man inside the house repeatedly call her a b**** and a w*****.
According to the NC3 website, she isn’t anywhere near a newbie when it comes to investigative reporting. She’s won a Murrow (don’t think AW has one of those but I may be wrong) and a list of policy-changing stories under her belt.
And she isn’t as in-our-face as some other investigative reporters. She doesn’t seem angry or in some type of steroid-induced rage as some other investigators appear on camera. She seems…well, pretty normal.
I hope she’s careful. Memphis thugs and cons are a lot different, I would assume, than the ones in Pascagoula.
She may very well make viewers of 3 forget Andy.