Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Where Are They Now

Today we feature Tony Brooks.

Info for Tony's bio comes from a story done by KAIT over 2 years ago: "He holds the record for the most time on the anchor desk at KAIT. His name is Tony Brooks. The former educator became the face of Region 8 news during his long stint that also saw him trek the nation in bringing the news home.

He took the news on the road; appealed to our compassion for children at Arkansas Children's Hospital; recognized the hard work of area teachers; and, long before P. Allen Smith was on the scene, Tony brooks had us "Growing Smart."

"I received more mail about Growing Smart than anything I did because we talked about how you planted your tomatoes," said Brooks, the anchor at KAIT from 1983 through 1999. "What you put on them for fungus, what you spray your roses with for black spots. It was stuff that people could use."

Tony served up news that people could "use" for nearly 16 years. First as a reporter who, by himself, served as the Kennett bureau for K8 News."

What's Tony doing now? He left KAIT in 1999 to become the deputy director of AETN.


At 10:41 AM, October 11, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tony Brooks was without a doubt the hardest working news anchor I had the pleasure of working with. Today, most anchors complain having to do one story a week. Tony would shoot a package and a couple of vosots in southeast Missouri in the morning, drive to Jonesboro, write and edit his stories and then anchor the news at 6:00 and 10:00. I think that's where he got the early gray hair. He did it all with a great attitude and always wanted the best for that station. Tony you're a hell of a guy and television journalist.. that's why folks still remember you after nearly 7 years off the air. Remember the Dukakis visit in Walnut Ridge? "Back to you Tony.."

At 11:41 AM, October 11, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's the bandit of love! A credit to his gender.

At 4:16 PM, October 11, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad I'm past that stage of my life where I confuse working 18 hours a day with being a good journalist and where I say that any anchor who doesn't do at least one story a week is worthless.

I'd rather be a good mother, father, husband, wife, etc.

At 10:38 PM, October 11, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tony Brooks is a class act. He was/is a professional. His reports at KAIT were very thorough and enjoyable. He is still thought of as one of the best anchors ever at KAIT. He is remembered over the turnaround male anchors of the last few years. Donna Dixon Malone, Tony Brooks, Dick Clay and Terry Wood were the team to watch.

Diana Davis made a nice addition to the staff when Donna left. Sadly, Tony has not been replaced.

At 2:36 AM, October 12, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Diana Davis made a nice addition to the staff when Donna left."

I like Diana, too. She's really good. Have any of the LR stations ever tried stealing her away?

By the way, does anyone else remember Grovernel Grisham, the former KAIT 8 Midday host? Whatever happened to her?

At 8:17 AM, October 12, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tony even taught a TV class for a while -- in addition to all of his other efforts. We loved him, not because he was a hard worker, but because he was a good guy with a heart of gold. Tony, you are missed.

At 8:39 AM, October 13, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We love him because he's so cuddly... sorta like Andy Pearson but with more hair. Both those guys could get endorsement deals with Krispy Kreme !

At 8:45 AM, October 15, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Living in Central Arkansas, I did not have the opportunity to see Tony Brooks except a couple of time when the weather was just right.

Does anyone remember the 1992 Presidential Election coverage that had KATV, KHBS, KHOG, and KAIT simulcasting the election coverage to most of the state?

I think they had Tony Brooks there representing KAIT.


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