April 19th, 2021 | 41 mins 6 secs
2020, 2021, abc7, aron bender, bias, coronavirus, covid, covid-19, daunte wright, depression, faith, fatherhood, forgiveness, fox 11, george floyd, grief, hard work, instagram, journalism, joy, kttv, loss, love, mental health, news, pandemic, podcast, police, positivity, race, racism, recovery, religion, san diego, self care, self love, struggle, success, therapy, tiktok, trump, tv news, twitter, widower, xetv, youtube
Aron Bender talks with Elex Michaelson -- a Southern California native who went to USC double majoring in broadcast journalism and political science — graduating at the top of his class. He started his career at XETV San Diego 6 but quickly made it back to LA as a reporter for ABC7. He made the move to Fox 11 in 2017 and in addition to anchoring multiple newscasts a night he’s the host of the political talk show “The Issue Is …” and co-host of a nightly special on COVID-19. In this episode we talk about recognizing bias in reporting, the difficulty of covering politics at a time when that arena’s full of hate, the future of news and how it’s delivered, and his love for storytelling.
March 25th, 2021 | 42 mins 15 secs
african-american, aron bender, author, bakersfield, bias, black, children's book, coronavirus, covid, covid-19, csuf, dad life, daughter, depression, entrepreneur, entrepreneurship, failure, fatherhood, filters, forgiveness, fullerton, girl dad, grief, hard work, instagram, journalism, joy, loss, love, major moves, mental health, music, networking, news, pandemic, poc, podcast, positivity, privilege, race, racism, recovery, san diego, santa barbara, seattle, self care, siblings, small business, sports, struggle, success, therapy, traffic, twitter, tyrah majors, white privilege
Aron Bender is joined by Tyrah Majors -- who is barely out of college but already making major moves. She grew up in San Diego, went to school in Santa Barbara, Orange County and quickly ran through grad school at USC. She just started a new job KOMO 4 TV in Seattle as a reporter and morning traffic anchor, but she also was just awarded a Golden Mike from the Radio Television News Association of Southern California for her work at KBAK in Bakersfield. We talked about her love of storytelling (she's the author of a children's book "Grammy and Me") and how she uses her childhood experience as a model and actress to work through difficult times. Tyrah and I also discuss what life was like growing up as the middle child between two brothers and a baby sister, growing up in mostly-white San Diego, her role as a torchbearer for the next generation of young black women, her self care methods, tips and tricks, and the importance of mental health during and after the pandemic.