Wednesday, May 05, 2010

New CBS 11 KTVT news director Adrienne Roark wants investigative stories back

Uncle Barky took the time to meet new CBS 11 KTVT Dallas-Fort Worth news director Adrienne Roark. She says one of her goals is to get investigative journalism back on the station:

Roark's first priority, which she underscores during our interview in her office, is rebuilding CBS11's badly decimated investigative unit. There basically hasn't been one since reporter Bennett Cunningham resigned late last year over a salary dispute.

The head producer of the investigative unit soon followed him out the door, leaving Roark to start from scratch. In Miami, which she describes as "a target-rich environment for investigative journalism," Roark had a nine-person unit of three reporters, two photographers, one editor and three producers.

One of her investigators was hired from the Miami Herald, and Roark says she'd ideally like to find at least one print reporter to join the CBS11 unit, too. Right now she has just two positions to fill. READ THE REST

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