Home for Thanksgiving


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Many people ask, “How do you decide which stories make it to the newscast?”

The more cynical think the media are biased and decide based solely on our hidden agenda. There’s no hidden agenda. We often make judgments based on a very simple principle.

You can’t be in two places at once.

Today’s a typical example. The day before Thanksgiving, a  busy morning on NBC Right Now Local News Today, and with someone out sick, I had to choose between going to court and covering the criminal docket, or to the airport and catch a soldier come home for Thanksgiving.

This is when I ask myself, “If I was home watching TV news on the evening  before Thanksgiving, what would I want to watch?”

And I choose…

(ON CAM) HOME, JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS,

(VOICE OVER) ARMY PRIVATE FIRST CLASS APRIL PETTY OF BENTON CITY

MEMBERS OF THE GROUP ACES WELCOMED PETTY AS SHE WALKED INTO THE TRI-CITIES AIRPORT TERMINAL.

PETTY HAS THREE WEEKS R-AND-R WITH HERE PARENTS AND HER DOG NOODLES BEFORE SHE RETURNS TO HER BASE IN HAWAII.

AFTER THE HOLIDAYS, PETTY SAYS SHE MAY BE SHIPPED TO EITHER AFGHANISTAN OR IRAQ, THOUGH SHE’S ENCOURAGED THAT MANY OF HER FELLOW TROOPS ARE RETURNING HOME.

(TAKE SOUND ON TAPE)

“Right now they’re bringing a lot of troops back, so I’m really happy about that. I’m not sure if I’m going to be sent overseas, but we’ll see.”

(CONTINUE VIDEO/VOICE OVER)

PETTY SAYS HER IMMEDIATE PLANS ARE TO ENJOY THE HOLIDAY AND CATCH UP ON HER SLEEP.##

On the day before Thanksgiving, this sure beat a stuffy courtroom, which can be a bit of a downer.

If you miss the newscast, you can watch Petty’s homecoming at the Video Center on The NBC Right Now website.

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8 responses to “Home for Thanksgiving

  1. Lil Knie

    Thank you for being at the airport Kevin to capture the happy homecoming of April! It was very uplifting for all of ACES to be there to welcome her home. Great job Kevin! KNDU is my news station as well as my tv viewing.

  2. Lil Knie

    Thank you Kevin for being at the airport to capture the welcoming home of April! It was so uplifting for all of us in ACES to see how happy she was to
    have the wecome she received. Great job Kevin! KNDU is my news station as well as most tv viewing.

  3. Staci

    Thank you PFC April Petty for serving and protecting. Happy Thanksgiving, I am happy you are home safe and sound. Thank you Kevin Shaub for bringing this story forth rather than the other one! I LOVE THIS STATION!

  4. Good choice! I doubt if much ever changes in the courtroom, except the names. Nice to have one of our heroines welcomed home!

  5. Angee

    Thank you for covering PFC Petty’s homecoming, Mr. Shaub! It’s awesome to see some good news!

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