Louisville reporter John Boel will soon be back on television.
Boel spent years at WLKY and won dozens of awards. However, he was fired last year after his second DUI. Boel then said he was an alcoholic and entered rehab.
Boel’s driver’s license has been restored and he says that prompted him to consider his options. He wanted to return to television, but he and his wife did not want to leave Louisville. Boel says he was exploring his options when WAVE-3 offered him a job reporting news during the station’s morning show.
“It’s called a breaking news anchor and reporter,” says Boel. “I’ll be reporting breaking news during the morning show and then also doing reporting after that.”
Boel says he’s not concerned that his record will hurt his credibility.
“That’s all going to be stuff that my bosses are going to have to weigh before they make assignments,” he says. “I don’t know how that’s going to be handled. All I can do is be as fair as I possibly can and do the assignments to the best of my ability.”
Boel says he won’t be doing any reports in the style of his previous investigative work. He uncovered a number of scandals in his career, but was occasionally accused of unfairly targeting the less-fortunate and unsuspecting and pushing the boundaries of ethics. In his recent memoir, Boel writes about regretting some of that work.
Boel says he hopes his return to television will inspire others who are struggling with their own addictions.