TAMPA, Fla - Are you ever curious about the real lives of politicians, celebrities, local newsmakers and athletes?
Each week, ABC Action News asks 10 questions of a Bay area leader, politician or even national celebrity.
We go beyond the questions that are news of the day. After all sometimes, we want know more about them. What's their favorite music? Greatest success? And who do they look up to?
This week, I am thrilled to profile a familiar face here at ACTION NEWS our own I-Team Investigator Adam Walser!
This month he celebrates his one year anniversary at ACTION NEWS. During his short time here, he's uncovered wrongdoing, exposed unethical practices and changed lives for the better.
You saw his many reports this month including a report on daycare's, which exposed two counties whose online daycare inspections and complaints were more than a year out of date!
Adam also discovered questionable lottery ticket wins. In fact, the Florida Lottery shut down sales at several retail stores after Adam's I-Team investigation uncovered dozens of suspicious wins by store owners.
But one of the reports he is most proud of was one he did shortly after arriving at ACTION NEWS. He exposed issues with Florida's guardianship program that eventually helped free a man from an Alzheimer's unit and guardianship altogether.
These stories and the others are examples of how Adam is committed to making our community better by uncovering wrongdoing and highlighting issues that need attention.
His stories often focus on societal concerns, corruption, waste, fraud and abuse.
Investigations is what Adam does!
Prior to coming to Tampa, he worked as Chief Investigative Reporter in Louisville, KY.
He has more than 20 years of television news experience, starting in television shortly after graduating with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Adam is very tough and demanding answers in his reports. He is also one of the nicest men I have ever met. He always has a smile as he greets you in the newsroom.
Adam is also very humble. He has done so many remarkable stories, and has been awarded some of the most prestigious awards in television journalism.
He has won multiple Emmy's, Edward R. Murrow and Green Eyeshade Awards. But, he always also credits his team. He is a great team player and we are lucky to have him.
If you want something investigated, he would love to hear from you, just send him an email at email@example.com
And to learn more about him,
1. What is your all time favorite movie or song?
"Carolina in My Mind" by James Taylor is the song that always makes me stop and sing along. During my four years at UNC-Chapel Hill, it seems like it was playing in every restaurant, on every street corner and at every official university gathering. Every time I hear it, it brings back good memories of those college days.
2. Do you have a Smartphone? If so, what's your favorite app?
I do. The one I use the most is my calculator app, since numbers play such a big role in my job. I also like the navigation app, to help me find my way around.
3. Who do you count as your mentor(s)?
My mentor in college was Bob Inman, who was the main anchor at WBTV, where I interned. My favorite quote from him was, "In this business, you create your own luck."
Later in my career, another outstanding television journalist, Scott Couch, watched and provided feedback on my stories nearly every day for a year. He helped me to become a stronger writer and storyteller. The day he finally had no criticism was the day I felt like I finally knew how to do my job!
4. What was your very first job?
My first job out of college was as News Directors of Catwaba Valley Cable TV, a regional cable operation headquartered in Hickory, NC. In that job I reported, anchored, shot video and edited daily newscasts which locally overrode a six-minute block of CNN Headline News.
5. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
I would try to relax more. I am a pretty hard-wired person who is almost always doing something and on the go.
6. What do you consider your greatest success?
Exposing issues with Florida's guardianship program that eventually helped to free Willi Berchau from an Alzheimer's unit and guardianship altogether. When I attended his 100th birthday party, he thanked me with tears in his eyes. Helping others overcome unjust situations brings me more satisfaction than anything else.
7. Tell us something about you most people don't know?
I collect Elvis Presley memorabilia.
8. If you could have dinner with any three people, living or dead, who would they be?
Walter Cronkite, Ernest Hemingway and Walt Disney.
9. What is in your fridge right now?
Some Greek yogurt, grapes, strawberry, almond milk, diet green tea, mushrooms, peppers, onions and spinach.
10. If you could have a different career, other than what you're doing now, what would it
It's a toss up… I would love being an
author, because I enjoy telling stories. I have written several stories for NPR's Three Minute Fiction Contest, but none have been chosen so far.
I would also enjoy being a realtor, because I am fascinated with houses of all kinds (especially historic ones).
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