Monday, August 31, 2009

Former KODE anchor Tara Brown vanishes again


Former KODE anchor Tara Brown has pulled another vanishing act, according to this online forum in Pensacola, Fla., where she has most recently worked as a morning anchor at WEAR.

Ms. Brown, if you recall, left KODE in 2006 in a swirl of controversy, as I wrote in a Nov. 12, 2006, post:

The reason for the abrupt departure of KODE anchor Tara Brown depends on who you ask.
Some readers have told me it came as a result of a principled stand by Ms. Brown over a decision made by the higher-ups in the KODE news department.

Others describe it as either a "prima-donna" move by Ms. Brown or a shrewd maneuver to enable her to leave the station and take a position at another television station.

Ms. Brown walked out on KODE Monday, cleaning out her desks and leaving the station after a disagreement over the use of a sweeps package on the McDonald County cult/ritual sex story, a story on which Ms. Brown has led the way since the arrests of leaders of the Grand Valley Independent Baptist Church in late August.

Sources have told The Turner Report Ms. Brown was angered by an order to turn over the videotape of her report to KSNF to use on its broadcast. Ms. Brown was adamantly against that idea, but finally agreed to let KODE's sister station use the tape the following day. That idea did not fly with station officials, who reminded Ms. Brown of the shared services agreement that Nexstar Broadcasting, owner of KSNF (and obviously, the party in control since Mission is obviously a dummy corporation), and Mission Broadcasting have.
At that point, the sources say, Ms. Brown walked out and immediately cleaned out her desk.

Ms. Brown's detractors do not depict this as a principled stand in favor of her story and its use on KODE. They say Ms. Brown was grandstanding in an effort to find a way to walk out of her contract with KODE and accept a position with a station in a larger market. Reportedly, Ms. Brown's contract allowed her to leave KODE, which is in one of the smallest markets in the United States, to go to a top 50 market. Ms. Brown's detractors indicate she has a job in waiting at a larger market, but not a top 50 market.


Ms. Brown, the former Tara Paat, was a onetime Miss World Canada, who gave her title due to a dispute with pageant officials following a trip to South Africa in which she observed racial discrimination which she felt was tacitly approved by pageant officials, according to a Chicago Tribune article.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Not an answer, but an update on Tara Brown's career in Pensacola, FL and WEAR TV. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqkuqTopAAE&feature=channel_page

Anonymous said...

Gosh, this seems to out of character for her.


Meanwhile, in reality, this lady is an obvious headcase that will never learn.

Anonymous said...

The way she talks bugs the hell out of me.

Anonymous said...

At least she was pretty to look at, unlike most of the stations in the area.

Anonymous said...

Man lets go look for her, shes a good lookin Babe.

Anonymous said...

They may have gotten rid of her for her mispronunciation of her words....I was wondering when they'd stop allowing her to butcher, I mean read, the Trivia question...

jp said...

she's broadcasting the news here in Washington State

Anonymous said...

I worked with Tara for her entire time at WEAR channel 3. I found her, in that time, to be a genuinely nice person who received a lot of crap from various co-workers(some of it sexist) that she didn't deserve. Added to that was the additional stress of troubles at home and you can see why she decided to move on from a bad situation gone worse.

Head case? Sorry but you are, in my experience, misinformed. Speculation and gossip does not a reality make.

Good luck Tara. I hope you land on your feet out there somewhere.

I.M. said...

She's awesome!!!love watching her and her co-anchor give the morning news!!! She seems like a ver nice,genuine lady.

Anonymous said...

Seems to me she landed onher feet just fine. New job, a cowboy to hold her tight, proud mom. Her new life has left a huge smile on her face. God bless.

Anonymous said...

Tara has some serious problems, not the least of which is a self-centered attitude. It could be for that reason that she is now working in market 126 instead of Pensacola (market 57). At the station we continually have to work around her inability to be at work. She misses an average of once a week.

Anonymous said...

As a journalist, I am not into heresay, so please know that what I am about to share comes straight from Tara through a variety of conversations with her. As you've read on her various bios, Tara claims to walk the good walk; and says she is all about family. But, sadly, this is a woman who met her current husband (her third), at a bar the first week she was in the Tri-Cities, WA, and then spent every subsequent weekend with the man at his home an hour away--leaving her two young daughters (one is just 11)alone in a brand new city! On the work side, when shown the edit bays, she said, "I'm an anchor, I don't do these little rooms." Y'know, if the Bible is your favorite book, as Tara publicly claims, then one would assume that the goal would be to apply the wisdom inside. Repeatedly, the book asks for a focus on character. At the center of it all is integrity. Integrity is about doing what you say you'll do, finishing what you start, and honoring people and your commitments, especially to your family. As a co-worker, I grow tired of the lack of ethics, and I feel for her children, who cannot be learning much that's good on the home front.

Anonymous said...

I dated her when she lived in North Vancouver, BC back in my early teens... strange to read about her now...

TruthyOne said...

http://colorado.missing.report/tara-paat-grand-junction/ She is missing. Literally.

Anonymous said...

We saw an talked to ms paat in gj she was hidiin from captures..an we couldnt remove her from situation an local pd sez shes not missin

Anonymous said...

I met Tara Brown yesterday 6/26/2018 in Thornton Colorado at a Safeways. This is not a joke, she told me who she was and I looked her up online, it was definetly her.

Anonymous said...

How was she? I know her personally. I don’t want to get into details on how. But curious about her being at Safeway. I seen another post of someone saying the same thing.

Unknown said...

She is in a bit of a mess right now. I noticed it said she was missing. I just spoke to her. She is still here in grand junction if her family does not know where she us.