Guv candidate Butch Otter won’t have to worry about KBCI-TV 2 reporter Jon Hanian doing any expose’ stories about him. Taking a lesson from George Bush, Otter made a preemptive strike: He hired Hanion away from the news game.
Otter already had former Associated Press reporter Mark Warbis on the payroll. If he gets Dan Popkey he will be untouchable.
Instead of being an award winning journalist jerking the chains on the politicians, Hanian is now one of them. He will be the one trying to peddle pitiful stories about awards, appointments, greenie committees, and proclamations.
Hanian’s old boss told the GUARDIAN the move came about very quickly–within the past week.
“Jon struggled with the decision, but he wants to start a new career path,” said Mark Browning, the news director at KBCI-TV 2. Browning called Hanian, “The best journalist I have known in the past 22 years. We will miss him in the newsroom.”
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