It was good to see KSN emphasizing hard news coverage once more during its Live with Gary and Tiffany" program today.
Several weeks ago, I praised the station's sending out anchor Tiffany Alaniz for on-the-spot reporting. I remember an article that was written about Ms. Alaniz in one of Liberty Group Publishing's free magazines a while back in which she talked about her initial reluctance to become a morning show host because she loved reporting so much.
Admittedly, I am prejudiced because I don't care for the fluff on local newscasts, but I much prefer Ms Alaniz as a top-flight reporter instead of as a foil for Gary Bandy.
Today, after the weather forecast, Ms. Alaniz began her news segment with her interview with accused serial killer Jeremy Jones. Apparently, Jones was in a talkative mood Friday since he was also interviewed by The Joplin Globe's Jeff Lehr. One advantage the broadcast media has over print is that through the use of a recording of the telephone conversation we were actually able to hear Jones' voice. It was chilling to hear him describe himself as "a lover, not a killer."
Though Alabama authorities say he has confessed to the murders of Ashley Freeman and Lauria Bible, and subsequent dumping of their bodies in a Galena strip pit, he has denied ever saying that in his interviews with Ms. Alaniz and Lehr.
One thing disturbs me about KSNF's interview. According to Ms. Alaniz, it is going to be spread out over the next few evenings. While I realize that gives people a reason to watch KSN every night this week, wouldn't it be more of a service to the people who knew Ashley Freeman and Lauria Bible not to take the piecemeal approach and instead present it in a larger dose?
On the other hand, that is probably not a major complaint.
To get back to the original message in this posting, Ms Alaniz also scored on Friday with a report on the delay for the search for the bodies of the two missing women. It is good to see her getting back into the reporting game.