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Two men with Toledo media roots will contribute columns to Toledo Free Press’ opinion section beginning Sept. 7.
Former local television journalists Jim Harpen and Jim Blue have agreed to write an alternating column for the newspaper.
A Chicago-area native, Blue worked as co-anchor for WNWO-TV NBC 24 from September 2002 to June. He has more than 30 years experience in the journalism industry. With his column, “Blue’s Views,” he hopes to cover a “gamut of community issues,” which he said would include the local economy and unemployment.
“I feel a great deal of empathy for the people who are looking for work right now,” Blue said.
Blue is filming a documentary for Bowling Green’s PBS affiliate, WBGU-TV, on one-room school houses. The program is expected to air 8 p.m. Oct. 15.
Harpen, a Toledo native who worked at WTVG-TV abc13 before becoming an entrepreneur with his business, The Land Contract Store, said he hopes to “expose the causes of the malaise in the Toledo area” with his column. He said he hopes his writing will help inspire people to make change in the community.
“If we build a momentum of constantly, repetitively calling the powers that be on their BS, hopefully the next generation of the powers that be will wake up and say, ‘We’re not going to do things this way anymore.’ ”
Toledo Free Press Editor in Chief Michael S. Miller said the two columnists will share the anchor spot that had been FOX Toledo managing editor and co-anchor Karl Rundgren for more than two years.
“Both Jims know Toledo, know the behind-the-scenes dealings and are able to finely articulate their opinions in a news context,” Miller said. “Readers are going to be in for a fun and informative ride.”
- In other staff news, Toledo Free Press Design Editor Andrea Rodriguez-Ahl resigned to take a design position at The Blade. Before working at Toledo Free Press, Rodriguez-Ahl was employed at the Monroe Evening News.