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Letters 08-03-2015

Real Brownfields Deserve Dollars I read with interest the story on Brownfield development dollars in the July 20 issue. I applaud Dan Lathrop and other county commissioners who voted “No” on the Randolph Street project...

Hopping Mad Carlin Smith is hopping mad (“Will You Get Mad With Me?” 7-20-15). Somebody filed a fraudulent return using his identity, and he’s not alone. The AP estimates the government “pays more than $5 billion annually in fraudulent tax refunds.” Well, many of us have been hopping mad for years. This is because the number one tool Congress has used to fix this problem has been to cut the IRS budget –by $1.2 billion in the last 5 years...

Just Grumbling, No Solutions Mark Pontoni’s grumblings [recent Northern Express column] tell us much about him and virtually nothing about those he chooses to denigrate. We do learn that Pontoni may be the perfect political candidate. He’s arrogant, opinionated and obviously dimwitted...

A Racist Symbol I have to respond to Gordon Lee Dean’s letter claiming that the confederate battle flag is just a symbol of southern heritage and should not be banned from state displays. The heritage it represents was the treasonous effort to continue slavery by seceding from a democratic nation unwilling to maintain such a consummate evil...

Not So Thanks I would like to thank the individual who ran into and knocked over my Triumph motorcycle while it was parked at Lowe’s in TC on Friday the 24th. The $3,000 worth of damage was greatly appreciated. The big dent in the gas tank under the completely destroyed chrome badge was an especially nice touch...

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Breaking News & Popping the Question

TV news anchors found love off-the-air

Erin Crowell - March 18th, 2013  


When Brody O’Connell came to Northern Michigan three years ago, the Pittsburgh transplant found more than a job.

“I literally didn’t know one person here so I kind of used work as an avenue to meet people and learn about the area,” said O’Connell, weekday morning anchor for TV 7&4. “The one thing about journalism, you get to know a lot of people.”

That included Kate Fox, the station’s weekend evening anchor who moved to the area from Rochester, Michigan just a few months after O’Connell arrived.

“She had been to Harbor Springs before, but Kate didn’t know many people, so being the kind-hearted person I am, I offered to introduce her to the area as a co-worker… maybe with some hidden intentions,” laughed O’Connell.

“It was my first week at 7&4 News and I knew right away that Brody was a character. He was cracking jokes in the newsroom and making everyone laugh. It was also during my first week that he slyly asked me out on a first date using the line, ‘know what it’s like to be new in a new city,’” recalled Fox.

GETTING TO KNOW THE AREA… AND EACH OTHER

When they weren’t covering the region’s news, the two got to know the area together. Just a month or two later, the co-workers took their relationship to a new level.

“When we first started working, we actually anchored the weekend newscast together.

Then we started dating. We kind of kept it under wraps at work. Some people knew but many others didn’t,” said O’Connell about the tricky situation of inter-office relationships, particularly ones that are in the public eye.

Unofficially, there have been a handful of relationships that have blossomed at the local news station.

“I can’t speak for the whole industry but I do know a lot of news couples,” O’Connell volunteered. “For example, we had a producer who is now married to a former reporter and I definitely knew a lot of people in the Pittsburgh market who found relationships at work.

“I think with news you just have similar personalities which can either clash or click,” he added. “Plus, when you’re spending 40 to 50 hours with that person each week, it just happens.”

OPPOSITE SCHEDULES

Since taking the weekday morning co-anchor position last year, O’Connell now works opposite schedules of Fox, who works weekend evenings.

“We have our weekday evenings together but I go to bed typically around 9 o’clock which is somewhat unusual for people our age,” O’Connell said (by the time he’s waking up to head to work, most people on the West Coast are just getting ready to head out for a night on the town).

Despite the schedule differences, it works, said O’Connell.

“It allows a little normalcy, that way we don’t always feel like co-workers,” he said, adding the two are mainly homebodies anyway and prefer to lay low and relax.

When it comes to music, their tastes are also similar – from classic rock and the Beatles to Dave Matthews Band (“I’ve converted her into a Dave fan,” O’Connell added).

But the line is drawn at sports. “I’m a diehard Steelers and Penguins fan and she’s a diehard Red Wings and Lions fan. That always makes for a fun dynamic,” he laughed.

The two also enjoy local wines, which provided the backdrop for O’Connell’s summer proposal.

“We were walking through the vineyard at 45 North, the winery up in Leelanau County when I asked,” said O’Connell.

“We took a walk through the vineyards--and this sounds corny but it’s true--I picked up a dandy-lion and blew it,” said Fox. “Brody asked what I wished for and I said that we would spend our lives together...When I turned around he was down on his knee, with a box in hand!” The two plan on honeymooning in Napa Valley after their 2013 July wedding.

So, what’s on the horizon for these two TV lovebirds?

“Right now, we’re just enjoying this phase of our lives,” said O’Connell.

 
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