A Better Region 8: Reporting 'Good News'

A Better Region 8: Reporting 'Good News'

I've been asked more than once: "Can you do more good news?" That's a great question, and it's one we often ask ourselves.

This week, Region 8 News Reporter Meredith Miller brought us the story of Dustin Michaud. Michaud came to Jonesboro on a leap of faith after he realized that where he was living was too expensive, even though he had two jobs.

When he came here, he knew he would be living on the streets at least for the first couple of weeks. On his first night, two police officers found him sleeping at a bus stop. Instead of hauling him to jail, the officers paid to put him up in a hotel for the night. Now things are going his way.

That's Region 8 for you. One human being coming to Region 8 with blind hope, and two who show the loving and caring nature of our people.

Allison Munn told the emotional story of a hero torn between serving her country and being a mom.

Sergeant First Class Melissa Turner is being deployed to Iraq.  Her daughter Caitlyn - despite moving to a new school district - will still be surrounded and supported by the Brookland Bearcat Softball team until her mom returns home. Sergeant Turner got to throw out the first pitch. Afterward, the team prayed over her at home plate.

Allison felt strongly that Region 8 needed to hear their story.  Both stories took off on social media and I have to say, I'm not surprised.

News can be tough sometimes. But remember when you boil it all down, it's really stories about people... some who do questionable things, and some who do good things. We do our best to balance the two.

I invite you to watch these two stories on our website. They are the work of great journalists.

Taking the time to realize that journalists do care and that the good news is important them will make this A Better Region 8.

- Chris Conroy, KAIT VP & General Manager

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