One-man band. Backpack journalist.
Those are names that modern broadcast television outlets use to describe the position of a multimedia general assignment reporter.
Lane Kimble is a new multimedia journalist at WDJT-TV CBS 58. The UW-Whitewater graduate often goes out on stories on his own, shooting and editing his video packages for the evening newscasts.
"I enjoy talking with people," Kimble said. "People are willing to go on camera for the most part. I don’t usually get a photographer, so everything is shot and edited by me."
That means if he is dispatched to cover an event, he’ll go in, see what is going on, set the camera on a tripod and shoot himself giving the report. He’ll then run the camera when he talks to witnesses or a source for a story and head back to the station to edit it together. Sometimes he’ll team up with a photographer, but often, that’s not the case.
"I enjoy hearing their story," Kimble said, talking about his interviews. "If I’m covering a fire or shooting, most of the people (at the scene) will talk to me. It helps that I’m familiar with the area."
Kimble grew up in Milwaukee and attended Wauwatosa East while watching many of the reporters he now stands alongside when covering a story. We talked about how it is working in this market.
"You would expect that the others (reporters and photographers from other stations) would be mean, that there is this competition," he said. "But I’ve found the other reporters are great people."
Kimble said that he comes from a sports background, and that he enjoys mixing sports and news with his stories.
"Football season has a lot of sports with news, like I may cover the financial aspects with jerseys and memorabilia … bringing sports into the real world," Kimble said.
After college, Kimble worked at WJFW-TV, the NBC affiliate in Rhinelander. He started as a reporter and producer, and within 6 months, he became the 6 and 10 p.m. anchor for the station’s newscasts.
With other news coverage, Kimble says he enjoys it, as covering courts is like trying to piece together a puzzle. Overall, he just enjoys talking with people.
"I find it interesting," Kimble said. "At the end of the day, (what matters) is what you put out there."
WHEELING FOR HEALING: If you saw a large group of bicyclists last weekend, they may have been participating in Wheeling for Healing in Germantown and Menomonee Falls.
WISN-TV Ch. 12’s Craig McKee participated in the event, the 16th installment of the annual charity ride.
"This year's Wheeling for Healing event was better than last year! It was amazing to see more than 60 riders sign up to take on the inaugural 62-mile course," McKee said. "The remaining routes were packed with so many newcomers joining many longtime participants."
"I spoke to several cancer survivors, represented by a blue tie-dye shirt, who beam with positive energy. They're so motivating for those who can't possibly understand what cancer patients go through, yet make you fully understand the need to support Community Memorial Hospital's Cancer Care Center through Wheeling for Healing."
The evening anchor said it was a joy to wake up early to join the riders.
"It's great to know that if a member of my family or I ever have to battle cancer … there's an entire community ready to help with that journey," he said.
GOLF: Fox Sports announced last week that it reached a deal for coverage of USGA events starting in 2015. The 12-year television deal means that the newly launched sports channel will be the main broadcast partner for most of the men’s, women’s and senior’s open events.
The U.S. Open in 2017, which will air on Fox Sports, will take place at Erin Hills in Wisconsin.
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