I'm not a big fan of watching the news. I have a theory that you are a happier person if you don't pay too much attention to the news. Not that I'm uninformed, mind you, I read news online and listen to it on the radio. That way I choose which stories to read. I don't have to subject myself to the local shootings, child abuse, and corrupt police stories that the media love to report to death.
The best or worst part of watching local news is always the anchor people. Here are my votes for the best local TV anchors:
Dennis Bounds - on King 5. Dennis totally has that steady, everyman/relatable anchor persona going on. He's like a dad, or a friendly boss. he's trustworthy and confident. Seattle news is safe in Dennis Bound's hands.
Kathy Goertzen - on Komo 4. I don't really care one way or the other about Kathy Goertzen, but when I was in college, this guy I lived in the dorms with had a thing for her, and whenever the news was coming on, he'd say "it's time to get Goertzed, heh heh heh". I'm not really sure what that means, but he always made it sound dirty, and to this day I remember him, and the Kathy Goertzen connection. (Remember that, Brandon?)
Steve Pool - on Komo 4. Steve Pool is a weather forecaster and for some reason has a kind of cult coolness around town. We saw a sheep at the fair named Steve Pool, and an even bigger indicator of his "cred" is this tattoo:
Adam Gehrke - Q13. Adam Gehrky is the traffic reporter for this station, and he's been doing traffic here for as long as I've been commuting. He has a special place in my news anchor heart because I remember when he had to segway from the radio programming to the on-air traffic report, he always tried to make a joke relating to the radio topic and work it into the traffic report. It wasn't always funny, but I appreciated his attempts to make his traffic reports sound different.
My favorite of all news anchors is King 5's Jeff Renner. Not too long ago, Jeff Renner sported an awesome "newsman" moustache, but today's he's clean shaven. It doesn't matter what his facial hair is, Jeff Renner can sooth me to sleep with his smooth, sultry voice anytime. If I could pick anyone to read me a story, it would be Jeff Renner.
Here's Jeff taking us out with a winter weather safety tip. Thanks, Jeff!