Stephen Reports on an Old-Fashioned Hero

  • Aired:  09/12/11
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Newspapers are part of America's past, like buggy whip makers and the middle class, but they still perform an important function. (7:25)

FOLKS, SPEAK TOO SOON.

FOLKS, EVERYONE KNOWS THAT

NEWSPAPERS ARE A DYING BREED.

THEY'RE PART OF AMERICA'S

PAST LIKE BUGGY WHIP MAKERS

AND THE MIDDLE CLASS.

BUT AS MUCH AS I DISLIKE

THEM, NEWSPAPERS DO PERFORM

AN IMPORTANT FUNCTION.

FOR ONE, IT'S HARD TO HOUSE

TRAIN A DOG ON AN I PAD.

APP MAKERS, GET CRACKING.

BUT SOME HEROES AREN'T

GIVING UP SO EASILY.

THEY STILL GO AFTER THE BIG

SCOOPS THE OLD FARXED WAY.

THE COLE BERTH REPORT'S

STEPHENICAL BETTER ROMPS.

>> WITH SOCIAL NETWORKS

CROWDING IN, SOME MAIN STAYS

OF JOURNLTISM LIKE "THE NEW

YORK TIMES" ARE ABANDONING

OLD SCHOOL REPORTING FOR NEW

MEDIA.

>> I DON'T KNOW WHY ANYBODY

WHO IS A REPORTER ISN'T ON

TWITTER.

I CONSTANTLY BERATE MY

COLLEAGUES WITH WHO AREN'T

ON IT.

>> Stephen: BUT ONE REPORTER

DIDN'T GET THAT TWEET.

WAYNE FORD HAS BEEN WORKING

THE BEAT FOR OVER 29 YEARS

AT THE ATHENS BANNER HERALD.

ATHEN'S GEORGIA'S MOST

PRESTIGIOUS AND ONLY

NEWSPAPER.

EDITOR ROGER NIELSEN.

>> WAYNE REPRESENTS THE OLD

NASH,-- FASHIONED KIND OF

JOURNALIST, YOU KNOW, THE

SHIRT AND A TIE KIND OF GUY

TO GO OUT THERE AND MEET

PEOPLE.

>> AS A JOURNALIST, I GUESS

GROWING UP WALTER CRONKITE

WAS MY HERO.

>> Stephen: LIKE HIS HERO,

WAYNE FORD KNOWS TO GET THE

REAL STORY A REPORTER HAS TO

HIT THE PAVEMENT.

>> ON JULY 12th I WAS AT THE

COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

PROBABLY BEFORE 8:00 THIS

MORNING.

AND I GO THROUGH THE REPORTS

AND I CAME ACROSS ONE REPORT

ON ROGERS ROAD.

>> Stephen: ROGERS ROAD.

>> IT'S A PLACE IN THE

COUNTY WHERE IF YOU ARE

GOING TO RUN SOME LAW THAT

IS PROBABLY THE PLACE ARE

YOU GOING TONED UP.

>> Stephen: COUNTY SHERIFF

SCOTT BERRY.

>> THERE'S A LOT OF STORIES

TO BE TOLD ON ROGERS ROAD.

>> AND A STORY WAS WHAT

WAYNE NEEDED.

SO HE WENT OUT TO MEET THE

SUSPECT.

A CRIMINAL MASTERMIND KNOWN

AS CHRIS TOOLE.

>> I GOT A LONG HISTORY WITH

THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT.

AND USUALLY THEY DON'T

BELIEVE ME OVER ANYBODY ELSE

SO NORMALLY I'M THE ONE THEY

TAKE THE JAIL WHETHER I'M

GUILTY OR NOT.

>> Stephen: BUT.

>> NORMLY I'M GUILTY.

>> Stephen: WHAT HAPPENED

THAT DAY ON ROGERS ROAD.

>> DEPUTIES WERE DISPATCHED

TO THE 911 CENTER TO A FIGHT

CALL.

>> TWO OF THE DEPUTIES

DECIDED TO TAKE A BACK

ENTRANCE BECAUSE THEY

THOUGHT HE WOULD PROBABLY

RUN.

HE HAS A REPUTATION FOR IT.

>> I RUN BECAUSE THE POLICE

WANT TO TAKE ME TO JAIL AND

I DON'T WANT TO GO.

WANTS AND HE RAN OUT THE

DOOR CARRYING A BEER IN HIS

HAND.

THE DEPUTIES ORDERED HIM AT

TASTER POINT TO STOP.

>> ACCORDING TO THE REPORT,

THEY ASKED HIM TEN TIMES TO

LAY DOWN.

>> I WAS SWEATY T WAS HOT.

I DIDN'T WANT TO GET DIRT

ALL OVER ME.

>> HE FINALLY LAID DOWN BUT

CONTINUED TO DRINK HIS BEER

WHILE HE WAS ON THE GROUND.

>> HE WAS BOUND AND

DETERMINED TO FINISH THAT

BEER BEFORE THEY PUT THE

HANDCUFFS ON HIM.

>> I THOUGHT THAT WAS PRETTY

INTERESTING.

>> Stephen: WAYNE KNEW THERE

WAS A BIG STORY HERE.

>> ACTUALLY, CHASING AND

PUTTING HANDCUFFS ON CHRIS

TOOLE ISN'T A BIG STORY

HERE.

IT'S ONE OF THOSE THINGS WE

DO.

WE'VE DONE IT BEFORE.

WE'LL LIKELY DO IT AGAIN.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

BUT WAYNE KNEW THERE WAS A A

STORY HERE.

>> HEART RACING, WAYNE

ARRIVED ON THE SCENE.

SOON HE WAS FACE-TO-FACE

WITH THE INFAMOUS CHRIS

TOOLE.

AND WHAT CHRIS TOLD WAYNE

WILL SHOCK YOU.

>> HE TOLD ME, YOU KNOW, HIS

MOTHER IS COMING.

HE IS GOING TO HAVE TO

LEAVE.

>> I DIDN'T HAVE TIME TO

TALK TO HIM.

>> Stephen: THERE WAS NO

STORY HERE.

>> I WAS DISAPPOINTED.

>> Stephen: DISAPPOINTED BUT

NOT DETERRED.

>> WAYNE'S JOURNALISTIC

INSTINCT TO FIND A STORY

KICKED IN.

>> I WALKED UP THE DIRT

DRIVE TO BOBBY'S HOUSE.

IT WAS NOT THAT FAR AWAY.

>> Stephen: THIS IS BOBBY

KIRK.

WAYNE HAD A HUNCH HE WOULD

TALK.

>> WELL, I TELL YOU WHAT, I

HOT STUFF AND TELL YOU

SOMETHING.

HE KEEP PILE APPROXIMATING

UP GO THROUGH YOUR MOUTH

INTO YOUR STOMACH, YOU GOT

ANYTHING IN YOU ELSE'S, THAT

STUFF GOING TO BURN IT OUT,

YOU WON'T HAVE NO KIND OF

DISEASE.

>> WHEN BOBBY STARTED

TALKING I KNEW HI A STORY

BECAUSE BOBBY LIKES TO TALK.

>> ARMADILLOS, RUNNING THEM

HARD.

DO YOU KNOW WHAT,-- YOU

DON'T.

THAT WILL TELL YOU ALL THE

YOUNG GENERATION DON'T KNOW

NOTHING.

YOU TWEET.

>> Stephen: BUT WAYNE WAS

SURE BOBBY WAS BURYING THE

LEAD.

>> NO, I TELL YOU ANYTHING

YOU WANT TO KNOW, ANYTHING.

JUST-- ANYTHING TO MAKE A

BIGUN, NOT NO LITTLE STORY,

A BIGUN.

>> Stephen: AND THIS WAS A

BIGUN.

WAYNE PRESSED BOBBY FOR MORE

DETAILS AND FINALLY HE

SPILLED IT.

>> I TOLD HIM IT'S TOO HOT

TO FISH.

>> BOBBY SAID IT WAS TOO HOT

TO FISH.

>> Stephen: TOO HOT TO FISH.

>> THE FRONT OF THE PAPER

SAID TOO HOT TO FISH AND

SHOWED A PICTURE OF BOBBY

AND THEN ON THE INSIDE OF

THE FEATURE SECTION, MAN

SAYS IT'S TOO HOT TO FISH SO

BASICALLY IT'S THE SAME

HEADLINE.

>> TOO HOT TO FISH, COOL.

>> Stephen: BUT WITH EVERY

BIG STORY COMES BIG

CONTROVERSY.

>> LOCAL BAIT SHOP OWNER

CAROLL ANN.

>> FISH DON'T FEEL THE

WEATHER.

>> AIN'T NEVER TOO HOT TO

FISH AS LONG AS YOU GOT COLD

BEER.

>> Stephen: BUT WAYNE HAD

DONE HIS RESEARCH.

THE OLD-FASHIONED WAY.

>> I DIDN'T CALL A

CLIMATOLOGIST.

I DIDN'T CALL THE WEATHER

CHANNEL, OR I DIDN'T EVEN GO

OUT AND LOOK AT THE

THERMOMETER.

I JUST KNEW IT WAS HOT.

>> Stephen: BUT WAS IT?

WE ASKED DR. DAVID STUKE BERRY,

STATE CLIMATOLOGIST AND

PROVE STER-- PROFESSOR AT

THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA.

THE PROFESSOR EXPLAINS THE

SCIENCE IN, 3, 2, 1.

>> WHETHER THIS HAS BEEN THE

HOTTEST SUMMER ON RECORD,

THE ANSWER IS YES, NO AND

MAYBE.

>> Stephen: GOOD ENOUGH.

IT WAS WAYNE FORD'S OLD

SCHOOL REPORTING THAT LEAD

HIM TO THE BIG STORY.

>> I NEVER THOUGHT WOW THIS

IS A GREAT STORY OR IN IS A

GOOD STORY.

JUST LIKE WOW, I'M GLAD I'VE

GOT THIS STORY.

>> Stephen: AND IT IS

STORIES THAT WILL SAVE

JOURNALISM.

BECAUSE WHILE WAYNE FORD WAS

POUNDING THE PAVEMENT, "THE

NEW YORK TIMES" WAS

FOLLOWING THEIR TWEETS.

ALL THE WAY TO GEORGIA.

WHERE THEY FOUND A STORY

THEY COULD READ, REWRITE AND

PUBLISH THEMSELVES.

THAT'S WHY WE NEED OLD

SCHOOL REPORTERS LIKE WAYNE

FORD.

>> I FELT LIKE I COVERED THE

TRUTH THAT DAY.

>> I WANT TO TELL YOU A

STORY.

>> Stephen: TELL US A STORY

IN BLACK AND WHITE.

>> THAT'S THE HOTTEST DAY I

EVER SEEN.

(LAUGHTER)

(LAUGHTER)

>> Stephen: THANK YOU,

WAYNE.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

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