Saturday, February 11, 2006

Where are they now?

Today, we feature former WNEP reporter Tina Tenret.

Tenret got her start in the business as an intern on NBC's "Today Show," where I'm sure she had the "pleasure" of dealing with news diva Katie Couric. After that, it was off to London, where she worked as a business writer for CNN. Upon her return to the States, Tenret went to Virginia and spent a few years as a radio and TV news reporter, picking up an AP award along the way. In 2001, she headed to WNEP as the station's Scranton reporter. Tenret left in 2003.

Where is she now? Tenret is a reporter for WNCN-TV, an NBC owned-and-operated station in Raleigh, North Carolina.

UPDATE: A reader notes that Tenret left WNCN last year, though her bio is still on the station's website.

13 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tina Tenret was in Raleigh, but resigned and left the business late last year.

11:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find that encouraging, if only because it means she was "too normal" for this goofy business. And calling it goofy is a generous gesture.

6:30 PM  
Anonymous Tom Carten said...

[Tina] resigned and left the business late last year.

I always feel a tiny bit sad when anyone, whether I know them or not, leaves the business. Broadcasting --radio, in my case-- has been such a part of my life for decades. Some stations have been toilets, a couple of formats have been losers (as have some managers), but there is a first-meeting camaraderie that comes from this. And so, and unknown friend has left our trade.

As some of you know, it's not my main Day Job anymore, but I'm still at it part-time. I'll leave it when Tom McLaughlin wheels me down the aisle and, even then, I hope it makes the evening news.

11:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well Tom, maybe that romantic outlook comes from the vantage point and the luxury of not having to rely on it.

I envy Tina for getting out and I have no idea what she's doing now. If I hit the Powerball tomorrow night, I'll go to work one more day just for the "kisses" goodbye.

5:21 PM  
Anonymous Tom Carten said...

Maybe that romantic outlook comes from the vantage point and the luxury of not having to rely on it.

You may well be right. Some of those places probably look better in retrospect (as retro as possible) than they were at the time. But with all the cr*p, it's still for the Few, the Courageous and, yes, the Goofy. I used to dj with fried rice and water creeping up to the studio door in one place next to a Chinese restaurant. It's goofy, all right.

9:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd guess that better than half the people I started with in radio back in the '70s bailed out, and most them bailed out early. The reason with many was simple; they wanted a family, nice house, comfortable living, college for the kids, blah, blah, blah. And they knew full well that they could never have any of that on a DJ's salary, UNLESS they hit the big time. And television isn't much different nowadays, gone are the lavish salaries and perks that one could find ten years ago in even mid-sized markets(Scr/W-B was never one such market over all).

I will freely admit, though, that there was once a very romantic element to working in radio, since the business was so transient. It brought out the vagabond in a lot of guys, the foot-loose and fancy-free thing that can be very appealing. Even all through the 80s, every small town in America had at least one radio station with a live staff on the property. A jock could literally tramp their way across the country and back, and many did. I've personally known at least two radio-heads whose resumes showed ten or fifteen jobs in as many years. They were indeed some good old days, and they ain't never comin' back...

7:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always found Tina to be thoroughly unwatchable

9:33 AM  
Blogger Bob Roberts said...

If u want to know the REAL Tina just ask any police department she delt with---

1:00 PM  
Anonymous Tom Carten said...

If u want to know the REAL Tina just ask any police department she dealt with---

And that's supposed to mean ... ???

11:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your spellchecker corrects cut and paste quotes?

6:36 PM  
Anonymous Reporter said...

Just ask any fire, police, EMS or any other news making source and you'll get the real scoop on "Terrible Tina Tenret".

The North Carolinian Nightmare was difficult to work with and even worse to try and pick up the pieces after she trashed sources and skated town.

It took weeks, months....hell! reporters are still mending the fences after Tina's departure.

Good Bye, Good Riddance to Tina and Good Luck to whoever has to deal with her in the future!

11:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tina is now living in the Tampa area and has begun a career in financial planning.

8:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am surprised by what you said. As one of her sources, I always sought Tina out because her reporting was fair, her confidentiality secure -- and I happen to work in one of the agencies you mentioned. I've watched her be the only one in a crowd to ask the tough questions, which may be why some didn't like to see her coming, but also why she did a lot of good for a lot of us in NEPA.

6:54 PM  

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