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.
April 16th, 2021 | 1 hr 5 mins
2020, abc7, aron bender, bias, colorado, coronavirus, covid, covid-19, cw39, daunte wright, denver, depression, faith, fatherhood, forgiveness, george floyd, god, grand junction, grief, hard work, houston, instagram, journalism, joy, krex, loss, love, mental health, motherhood, news, pandemic, podcast, police, positivity, race, racism, recovery, religion, self care, self love, single mom, struggle, success, therapy, tiktok, tv news, twitter, weather, widower, youtube
Aron Bender talks with Star Harvey -- a meteorologist at CW39 in Houston. Before getting to Texas she was a reporter and did the weather at KREX5 in Grand Junction, Colorado. But even before that she was one of my students at California State University, Northridge. And Star lived up to her name. Still does. She went from an on-again-off-again college student to single mom to standout university graduate to making one of the biggest TV market jumps ever … from 187 to 8. It’s a testament to her drive, ambition, and faith. Not only in God but ultimately herself. I talk with Star about why she thought she couldn't be on TV, conversations with her son about playing with guns and interactions with police, being black in Colorado, Houston humidity, and her message to her mom who raised 7 kids on her own.
April 14th, 2021 | 56 mins 15 secs
2020, aron bender, bakersfield, bias, coronavirus, covid, covid-19, denver, depression, faith, fatherhood, forgiveness, grief, hard work, instagram, journalism, joy, kget, kusa, latina, latinx, lori lizarraga, loss, love, mental health, news, pandemic, podcast, positivity, race, racism, recovery, religion, self care, self love, struggle, success, therapy, tiktok, tv news, twitter, widower, youtube
Aron Bender talks with Lori Lizarraga -- a TV news reporter who just finished a two-year stint at KUSA 9News in Denver. Prior to that she worked at KGET in Bakersfield. On her way out of Colorado she wrote an article for Denver news website Westword.com called "LatinXed: 9News Got Rid of Three Latina Reporters This Past Year, Including Me." (linked below) She writes about what she describes as oppressive policies and actions — including using “illegal” instead of “undocumented,” one reporter wasn’t allowed to cover immigration stories unless she revealed her immigration status, Lori says she wasn’t even allowed to wear her hair in a bun with a middle part as she’s seen and worn as a Mexican and Ecuadorian woman all her life, and a week after she and her colleagues presented a plan to improve the station’s coverage of last year’s racial justice movement SHE was put on improvement plan. In this episode we get into Lori’s thought process going into writing the article, concerns about what she’s done to her career, and conversations with her siblings and immigrant parents before and since it came out.
April 12th, 2021 | 1 hr 3 mins
2020, aron bender, bias, casey anthony, caylee anthony, chris watts, coronavirus, covid, covid-19, depression, elisa lam, fatherhood, forgiveness, grief, hard work, hotel cecil, instagram, jon chrymes, journalism, joy, loss, love, madeleine mccann, mental health, murder, mystery, netflix, news, pandemic, podcast, positivity, race, racism, recovery, religion, self care, self love, stephanie harlowe, struggle, success, therapy, tiktok, true crime, tv news, twitter, widower, youtube
Aron Bender is joined by True Crime YouTubers Stephanie Harlowe and Jon Chrymes. Stephanie has been creating content on YouTube for three years. She posted her first video on April 12, 2018. Happy Anniversary! Initially it was lots of beauty reviews and unboxings but in July of that year she started experimenting with Mystery Mondays — posting true crime content. And as you’ll hear Stephanie tell the story — true crime quickly took over. And Stephanie co-hosts the Crime Weekly Podcast. Also in 2018, Jon Chrymes moved in to the true crime space on YouTube. He's quickly gained a loyal following. We talk about some of the cases they've covered, such as Madeleine McCann and Chris Watts, how they maintain their mental health when deep diving into mysteries and the worst of humanity, what they do for self-care, and how they handle the fame that comes with becoming stars in the true crime genre on YouTube.