Tom Jacobs was a reporter for WSAZ during some traumatic and dramatic times. He reported out of our Huntington newsroom from the late 1960's to the late 1970's. His beat was to cover politics. He spent countless hours keeping tabs on Huntington City Council or the Cabell County Commission. He covered the tumultuous race relations battles of that era. He also vividly remembers covering the anniversaries of the Silver Bridge collapse in Point Pleasant.
Tom is now working in Cleveland. He runs a website called ChinaChronicles.com. It is an educational website about the people of China. NBC was so impressed with it that Tom is now an active part of the Olympic coverage for NBC. NBC is using his website to develop information about China to go along with what you see at the Olympic games.
He says, " I think I've developed a more global perspective." He's even adopted a young chinese girl.
Tom also loves to critique television news... even though he is out of the business now. He's pretty harsh and he's unsure of the future of the television news business. He says he's seen too much "dumbing down of the news." He also blames "too much emphasis on profits" for changing the way news is covered now.
He has fond memories of working around Southern Ohio, Eastern Kentucky and Southern West Virginia. He probably covered "more county fairs and festivals than should be allowed by law." So part of us is still very much inside him.
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