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Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Miami Grad In "Today" Show Contest

Nothing like starting at the top. Got a call today from former Miss Ohio 2001 Natalie Witwer Metzger, wife of Matthew Metzger, former "American Idol" singer and "One Life To Live" actor. She's one of 16 finalists this week for the "Today" show's "Anchor for Today" sweeps contest.

On the 9 a.m. hour Thursday (Ch. 5, 2), "Today" will show her video, and entries from three other conestants. The one with the most viewer votes on the web or will advance.

"I've always dreamed big, and always thought it would be fun to be a news anchor or TV hosts," says Metzger, 25, who earned a marketing degree from Miami in 2004. She's an executive assistant in a Manhattan investment firm. "I've always wanted to get into hosting."

She says she did a Jay Leno-style "Jay-walking" man-on-the-street interviews asking people "Today" trivia.

Metzger will appear on "Today" Friday, when the field of 16 is cut down to two. Two finalists will compete next week. The winner will be announced Wednesday, the last day of sweeps, and will co-host the 9 a.m. hour on Thursday.

Thursday you can see her video and vote at Click on "Anchor for Today."

By the way, she says Matthew is in LA auditioning for roles in fall TV pilots. He's auditioning for a sitcom pilot today, she says. He was killed off "One Life To Live" last May.


at 2/21/2007 3:18 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well here's a knee jerk reaction... does nayone "work" or earn anything today? Or is getting ahead all about contests, games, The Apprentice and so forth. When this current spell of reality fluff related to careers is over, young folks coming in to the business world are going to be sadly suprised that they have to have talend or work for want they want.

at 2/21/2007 4:06 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is an OU grad student in this same competition:

at 2/22/2007 3:19 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anybody know if Matthew is a
"Miami Family" member? When I was at Miami in the early seventies,there was a Michael Metzger in the theatre department.
Just curious
from the neighborhood

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