By RODNEY HO/ firstname.lastname@example.org, originally filed Monday, June 8, 2015
Another day, another CBS46 anchor change.
Okay, it's not quite that frequent. It only seems that way.
Evening anchor Scott Light, as I reported on Saturday, has been released after 18 months. Today, CBS46 announced his replacement Ben Swann.
If anything, fourth-place CBS46 is hiring a lot of interesting characters to shake things up. Swann is not just another pretty face in the crowd. He's got some Doogie Howser in him. Home-schooled, he graduated Brigham Young University in 1993 at age 15 and received a masters degree at California State University at age 16.
Over the years, Swann has worked for TV stations in El Paso, Texas and Cincinnati, where he created a fact-checking segment called "Reality Check."
Since 2013, the 36-year-old journalist ran his own independent media operation at benswann.com, which morphed into truthinmedia.com, which involves more people.
Based on his descriptive, he was trying to be like Vice Media: brash and bold and off the beaten path in his reporting. He is also a big believer in having more major political parties.
On the site, he described it as thus:
Journalism, the Fourth Estate, must be free from undue or corrupting influence. Whether challenging the "Left vs. Right paradigm" or witnessing firsthand the misrepresentations of the Mexican drug war, Ben's mission is focused, intentional and highly credible.
His site notes that "through the generous support of thousands of backers, Swann created 16 episodes of the Truth in Media project, a video series that has garnered millions of views and has impacted the national discussion on issues like cannabis and ISIS."
Here's his ISIS piece from February:
He also noted on his site that while "covering the 2012 Republican Presidential primary, Swann confronted problems in the American electoral process, the stranglehold of America’s two party system and the suppression of voters’ choices by mainstream media."
Once he joins CBS46, he'll have to clear anything he posts over there with the station first.
Rodney Ho writes about entertainment for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A native New Yorker, he has covered education at The Virginian-Pilot, small business for The Wall Street Journal and a host of beats at the AJC over 20-plus years.