Where do Portland TV stations get their breaking news? Often, it turns out, from Lincoln City Homepage!
The inspiring story of volunteers descending on Otis to help clear wildfire debris that aired Saturday, Oct. 24, on Portland news dynamo Fox-12 was reported and filmed by the Homepage news team of Justin Werner, publisher of Homepage, and Rick Beasley, a veteran “night crawler” who has been a TV stringer for more than 20 years.
Homepage provides the reporting and video footage for TV’s “talking heads,” who welcome it in the white-hot, statewide battle among four Portland network affiliates for viewer ratings.
During the Echo Mt. Wildfire, the duo filed nine TV stories in three days from the front lines that were seen by an estimated 1 million broadcast and internet viewers of KPTV Fox-12 and KGW Ch. 8. Werner’s startling video of a looter being carried from a crime scene in the evacuation zone by police led the 11 p.m. newscasts on Sept. 11, and all the next day.
For this busy news team, it’s not all about fires or Russian Nazis harassing beachgoers (an eye-popping TV story in July), either. Animal rescues, tourism trends and a story about a barnstorming pilot at Siletz Bay State Airport have all appeared on Portland TV and sometimes nationally on the networks.
“News at eleven” is a lot more exciting with breaking TV stories from the Oregon coast!