LCI Blog: Meet the Media – Bob Redell: reporter, NBC Bay Area

This week, we had the pleasure to speak with Bob Redell: reporter, NBC Bay Area:

What’s your top story for today?

Top story today – eh.  Top story a couple days ago: dog chases mountain lion up tree in Los Altos Hills.  We’re the only station with the video of the big cat.  Story goes viral.

Tell us about your dream assignment.

I’ve had the dream assignments: flying with the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds.  Reporting from North Pole, AK every year prior to Christmas.  Chronicling my Dad’s return to Vietnam.   The true dream stories are the ones that surprise you.  You show up expecting one thing, walk away with something completely different.

Describe the wackiest story you’ve written.

The wackiest?  So many.  The first one that pops into my head: the girl who cooks and eats bugs for a living.  Her egg, bacon, tomato and bee larvae is actually quite good.

What is your PR pet peeve?

I don’t like being sold a bill of goods.  It doesn’t happen often, but there are times when we’ve shown up to a live shoot only to find that the story was not as advertised.

Top trend in the industry you’re currently covering or are interested in.

I’m considered general assignment.  In other words, I don’t cover a specific industry or beat.  But I do see a common thread in most of my stories: the economy / budget deficits / unemployment.  When people have a hard time putting food on the table, it affects everything.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I graduated from Indiana University with a double major in Japanese / Telecommunications, minor in Business, and concentration in Russian Politics. For some strange reason, I couldn’t get a job with that, which meant I was perfectly qualified to go into TV. (TV seemed a natural transition since I was a theater geek in high school and college.)

Amazingly, a news director hired me to work at the Fox affiliate in Ft. Myers, Florida. My thought was that I could work hard enough and become the next Dan Rather (without the being forced out of the job part.) Outside of my writing, voicing and general overall appearance, I was a natural on the tube. That is one reason why my boss relegated me to covering festivals, fairs and all the superlatives (world’s largest collection of salt / pepper shakers, country’s smallest post office, etc.).

Funny thing is: I found a niche reporting on those quirky human interest stories and eventually ended up as the feature reporter at the ABC in Jacksonville. (Don’t fall asleep yet. This bio is about to get really exciting.) Then in 2000, I came here to be the feature guy for the morning show at KNTV. You can catch me covering the “hard” news during our 5 to 7AM newscast and then having a little fun doing the features for our newscast at 11AM.

You can catch my news segments locally on NBC Bay Area News (channel 3) or online at: www.nbcbayarea.com.

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9 thoughts on “LCI Blog: Meet the Media – Bob Redell: reporter, NBC Bay Area

  1. Bob, thanks for sharing! I caught that mountain lion story…really incredible. And now you’ve got me hankering for a good old fashioned egg, bacon, tomato and bee larvae sandwich! Looking forward to many more stories. – Jordana

  2. Bob – I love that you majored in Japanese and. . .telecommunications! I’ve been a fan of your segments for years and am delighted that you joined us on these “hallowed” cyberpages. Keep up the good work. . .I’ll see if I can send another mountain lion your way.

  3. Bob,

    I’m a huge fan of yours and love your human interest segments. Happy that we have someone to cover bug eating and flying with the Blue Angels – both activities I don’t have the stomach for! Cheers, Tarah

  4. If you ever go up with the Blue Angels again, would you take me with you? That’s MY dream assignment! Thanks for a great blog post.

  5. You’ll never be sold a bill of good from LCI! Thanks for sharing your interesting background. Fun to learn a bit more about a reporter I’ve watched for years.

  6. Bob – I so enjoyed reading more about you. Thank you for sharing! I was touched to hear that you were able to chronicle your father’s return to Vietnam. What an incredible experience for you both. Keep telling those amazing stories – and we’ll look forward to helping to contribute to your great segments with interesting angles when we’ve got them!

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