Monday, August 11, 2008

ABC News: Land Your Perfect Second Job

ABC News: Land Your Perfect Second Job

This was a fun shoot. I got to go to Atlantic Beach and meet Betty Bissett. She moonlights as a dog sitter for extra cash. She was a sweet Southern Belle! And even made my dog, Smarty, some homemade doggy treats!

Covering John Edwards

Couldn't they have at least gotten my name right?!

The Travails of a Field Producer
An Associated Press photo from Friday, captioned: "Eva Parts Spero of NBC News, left, attempts to get a dog from former U.S. Sen. John Edwards yard to return home after it came through the fence into the road Friday, Aug. 8, 2008 in Chapel Hill, N.C." (It's actually Eva Parks Spero).

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Lucky to be alive!

Car hits man in restaurant in Wilkesboro, NC

July 21: TODAY’s Meredith Vieira talks to Kenny Anderson, a man hit by an SUV while dining in a restaurant.

We fell in love with Kenny Anderson. He's lucky to be alive!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

tough questions..

During the press conference both Thursday and Friday the family took questions about the case. They asked beforehand that we ask only questions about Nancy, not about her relationship with Brad, details about the custody petition, basically stick to questions about their daughter. Everyone wants to know what they're thinking and how their coping. I believe the press did a good job respecting their wishes and no one crossed the line with questions. I was very nervous but wanted to ask the family if they had a message for the person who did this to their daughter. I held back for a few minutes trying to figure out how in the world I'd ask such a tough question. I tried phrasing it in such a way that they could decline to answer it. I think they felt I was being respectful and they gave the most honest answer I think they could give.
Here's a clip of the question and Garry Rentz and Krista Lister's response.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Day 4 of Covering Nancy Cooper,2933,386401,00.html

This one is a little too close to home for me. I don't live very far from where everything is unfolding. Today marks one week since Nancy Cooper went missing. Her body was found late Sunday and identified as her on Tuesday. Police say it’s an "isolated incident." What does that mean? Her husband, Brad Cooper, hasn't been seen or heard from since Tuesday. Their home has been searched and he's been cooperating. Still Police aren't naming him a suspect. They also say no arrests will be made this weekend. Who did it? Where is Brad? Why won’t he talk? His attorney’s spoke at a press conference yesterday and say he’s grieving privately.

It’s very hard to look at Nancy's family when they come in for the Cary Police Press Briefing. I imagine my own mother and father and it breaks my heart to make direct eye contact. There’s a public memorial slated for the public today in Cary. Her family will head home to Canada tomorrow for a memorial there on Wednesday. They’re expected to return on Thursday for another custody hearing on Friday.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Another Soldier..another sad day.

Can someone please tell me what's wrong here in North Carolina?? This marks the 3rd soldier to be murdered since the first of the year.

Jan 11: Maria Lauterbach
Camp Lejeune Marine who was 8 months pregnant found burned to death in the backyard of a fellow marine whom she was having an affair with is accused of her murder. He was captured in Mexico and awaits extradition. NC won’t seek the death penalty to ensure he’s brought back to the US.
June 22: Megan Touma
She was a dental specialist with the US Army at Fort Bragg, who was also 7 months pregnant. She had just returned home from a tour in Germany and was found dead in her hotel bathroom. No one has yet to be charged in her death.

July 13: Holly Wimunc
She was a Marine nurse 2nd Lt from Ft. Bragg who went missing. A fire had been set at her apartment and she along with her husband went missing. Family and friends said they were having marital problems, but no one should be worried for her safety. They found her burned body over 90 miles away in Sneads Ferry, NC. That’s about 20 miles form Camp Lejeune. Her husband and his friend are charged with her murder. Her husband could face the death penalty under NC Law.

You can’t lump these stories together because they are all so unique but what is going on?

I got the call at 6:30 am Monday to head to Sneads Ferry for FNC. I ended up heading back to Jacksonville and got to meet up with my buddy, Onslow County Sheriff Ed Brown. Sad story that felt a lot like the Lauterbach case. From Jacksonville I headed up to Fayetteville early Tuesday to cover the first court appearance. I got to sit in the courtroom and see the judge charge both men with her murder. It was creepy.

I just don’t understand how someone can kill the mother of their children. Haven't people heard of divorce?? What is wrong with people?