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John Kiesewetter on the world of local and national TV

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, December 05, 2007

Paul Adler on MSNBC

Did you catch Paul Adler, former Channel 12 weekend morning anchor, on MSNBC Tuesday afternoon? I didn't, so I emailed him and he provided this account. He got national attention for a story he did for NBC's Springfield, Mo., affiliate about thefts from local charities' drop-offs. (Gee, wonder how long before the Cincinnati media does this same story?)

Here's his email:

I did appear on MSNBC. It was about 12:35 P.M. (Central) on
Tuesday with Monica Novotny. I've spent the past three months looking
into thefts from local charities. People are dropping off donations
after hours, then, thieves are moving in to swipe the donations before
they get into the store. As you know, many charities turn those
donations into dollars. Those dollars are used to feed the homeless and
those down on their luck. The network heard about the hidden camera
investigation and asked me to appear to talk about it.

Here's a link to his story:

Adler quit Channel 12 in September to anchor at Springfield, Mo., to be closer to family.


at 12/05/2007 3:09 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

We won't because that is clearly not a story.
Too bad a "reporter" or "blogger" like you didn't see that.
It was up to the reporter to determine WHO may have needed a cast-off item?
I don't think so. Poor, at best.
If this story is offered on a sweeps feed or a Scripps website like - then 9 will probably do it.
I won't.
John, you can do it. It's right up your lane.

at 12/05/2007 9:24 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know if the previous writer actually watched the story. It was interesting to see a woman in what looked like a brand new camry pull up...and another person in a brand new ford expedition. I thought it would be poor people picking through the donation pile-and some were. But, the others, they had money.

I disagree with the first writer. it is a story.
Good Work Paul. Sorry to see you are gone.

at 12/05/2007 9:26 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey kiese when is reno 911 coming back on comedy central. I have looked everywhere and havn't found a answer.

at 12/06/2007 12:58 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jeez, could you be a little more jealous and jaded???

Good for Paul!!

at 12/06/2007 9:32 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...


Sorry to be off-topic, but has WLW announced what the plans are for the post Burbank era?


at 12/06/2007 1:15 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is one of those tried and true "investigative" stories that has been done all around the country. I think Emmy hog john Boel did it down in Louisville a few years back. I'm fairly certain the Hearst station in Albuquerque did it around 2003. It also rings a bell with WOIO in Cleveland. It's an old sweeps gimmick. Adler may have done it well but it certianly isn't an original idea.

at 12/06/2007 5:20 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Deb Cole did it for Target 5 many years back....just to show you it's not a brand new idea.

at 12/06/2007 6:44 PM Anonymous garcia said...

kiese sorry to be off topic, but do you know when new episodes of reno 911 are going to air?

at 12/07/2007 7:51 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are there any original ideas anymore? the media covers the same stories over and over again. It is obvious that it is a problem and needs to be address.

at 12/07/2007 8:33 AM Blogger John Kiesewetter said...

To Garcia:
Sorry, don't know when "Reno 911" returns.

at 12/07/2007 8:34 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

and deb cole did it on 5 in 1998.

kiese, do you even recognize that writing an article like this makes you look not just uninformed but downright lazy?

all it takes is a couple of phone calls or internet searches.

instead, all we get from you is:
"hey, i saw something on tv, and here's a snide comment about how bad our local tv stations are."

good work, john.

at 12/08/2007 1:06 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yikes. What's with all the hostility? So a reporter who used to work in Cincy gets some pub on the national news. What's wrong with acknowledging the recognition?

Perhaps the story's been done before. But when's the last time a station did something truly new?

at 12/14/2007 4:31 PM Blogger Jon said...

Wow...people are bitter. Thanks for the little tidbit about a former local news personality that we did like. Paul Adler was great on 12.

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