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Affected By The Fires

by Tracy Barry

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Posted on October 23, 2007 at 3:26 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:33 PM

Once again today the big story is the fires in Southern California. Everyone I ran into today seems to know someone affected by the fires there. It's the same here in the newsroom. Laural's brother and his family are still evacuated. Her sister is on standby to evacuate. Kyle Iboshi has a family member there that had to evacuate. Voluntary evacuations are in place where our 5pm producer Gina Zandy's folks live. And the list goes on. So there is certainly a personal as well as professional interest in this story.
The scope is hard to comprehend but this is the biggest evacuation since Katrina. So many people losing so much they have worked their whole lives for.

A tough moment for Amy Troy today covering the bicyclist who died after getting pinned under a garbage truck. Just as she was about to do her live shot at the scene of the accident about four dozen of Brett Jarolimek's friends showed up. They had come to leave flowers and share their grief. Brett worked at the Bike Gallery and was very active in the biking community. And clearly very well loved.

So what do you do as a reporter? Four dozen friends sharing such an emotional moment is a compelling story and says a great deal about what this man meant to the community.But it is also terribly Intrusive to turn the cameras on people who are hurting like that. So Amy of course, did the right thing. She gave them their privacy and let them know that if anyone wanted to talk about Brett afterwards she would be available. They did and we'll bring more about Brett Jarolimek tonight.

Enjoy this spectacular day, such a sweet bonus.
And as always, thanks for watching.

Tracy Barry