Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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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.


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.”


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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