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Former WLKY Reporter Starts New Job in Florida, Says Political Coverage Is “Hard Sell” on TV News

Andy Alcock, formerly of WLKY in Louisville, will begin work at WCTV in Tallahassee, Florida this week.

Alcock worked at WLKY for 14 years. In the last few years, he became one of the most frequently-seen TV reporters around City Hall, and, despite occasional stints anchoring or covering other topics, was described as the station’s “City Hall Reporter” on the WLKY website. As such, Alcock was one of the last TV reporters to regularly cover the city government beat in Louisville.

He left WLKY in early December for personal reasons, but says he was looking for another opportunity for months before he resigned. After briefly returning to his native Chicago and freelancing, he has since landed a job anchoring and reporting at WCTV in Tallahassee, Florida.

Alcock says his split with WLKY was amicable, and he appreciates that his management at WLKY let him pursue stories on city government.

“I’ll be honest…it’s a hard sell trying to get the producers and the news director and assistant news director to want to do some of these political stories. Let’s be honest about it, the major driver in TV news in most markets, Louisville is no exception, is crime.”

Alcock says political reports may not be the most visually interesting, but he expects other reporters to fill his beat.

“I have every confidence that there’s going to be coverage,” he says. “I think the things that you need to look at, some of the documented type things where the money’s being spent, the council or the mayor’s office. You always want to follow money because it’s our money.”

Alcock points to Elizabeth Donatelli at WAVE-3, Joe Arnold at WHAS-11, Bennet Haberle at WDRB and Eric King at WLKY as local TV reporters who often pursue city stories.

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Boel Hopes to Set Example With Return to Television

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.

 

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Boel Reportedly Joining WAVE

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.

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John Boel Talks About TV News in New Book

For most of 2010 (and the two decades before) John Boel was one of Louisville’s most recognized reporters, anchoring WLKY newscasts and producing investigative reports. He was also one of the city’s most honored—70 Emmy awards, 9 Murrows and 39 first place finishes in Associated Press competitions.

That changed at the end of the year. Boel was arrested for a DUI, his second. He was fired. After a series of stories about his arrest (including several on WLKY), Boel dissapeared from local media. He entered rehab and served time on house arrest.

Now Boel is back. He’s thinner and healthier and no longer attempting to compete in Iron Man triathlons the day after drinking a case of beer. He also has a new book, On the News…In the News.