After more than a year off the air, former WLKY reporter John Boel is returning to Louisville television.
Boel won dozens of awards at WLKY, but was fired after his second DUI. LouisvilleKY.com reports that Boel will appear in morning newscasts and may co-anchor occasionally.
[WAVE General Manager Ken] Selvaggi said he believes Boel’s knowledge of the market and experience in Kentucky and Indiana were the major reasons for the hire. “I think he has a lot to offer and that he has always done quality work. I think his best days are ahead,” he said.
Boel wrote a book about his career and his stint in rehab. I talked to him about it last month. Boel told me he would love to be back on TV, but he wasn’t sure it was possible. Boel did a number of investigative stories and made a lot of enemies in his time as a reporter. I asked him if his DUIs might give the subjects of his stories an easy way to discredit him or attack him, but Boel said no. He said he doesn’t feel the need to defend the actions that got him fired. He said he’d rather focus on staying clean and following the principles he learned in rehab.