WLKY Hires Investigator with a Reputation

WLKY's Duane Pohlman

When John Boel left WLKY-TV last year, the station lost a strong daily anchor AND its best investigative reporter.

So when it came time to replace him, the station knew that hiring another reporter on the way up from a smaller market wouldn’t cut it.

Glenn Haygood, the station’s GM, says that hiring Duane Pohlman is a coup for WLKY. Pohlman, most recently at WEWS-TV in Cleveland, has a list of honors and awards on his web site that looks to be as long as anyone in the industry, except maybe Boel.  Here’s some info about him sent by WLKY:

DUANE POHLMAN is widely considered one of the premier television investigative reporters in the country, as well as a commanding anchor of the evening news.

Over the past 25 years, Pohlman has aired some of the most compelling and important investigations in local news.  His award-winning investigations at television stations across the country (WEWS-TV – Cleveland, KING-TV – Seattle, WTMJ-TV-Milwaukee, WRAL-TV – Raleigh) revealed the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan, exposed government corruption, gaps in security at nuclear plants, humane violations at Slaughterhouses, poisonous by-product of treated wood, injustices at coffee plantations, gaps in government oversight that led to a stolen baby trade in Guatemala, and the list goes on and on.

Many of his investigations have triggered major changes, including congressional investigations and local prosecutions.

In addition, Pohlman has covered war and peace overseas, covering troops in Zone of Separation in Bosnia and on the front line of war in The Middle East.

Pohlman has been honored to receive more than 100 national, regional and state awards – including Emmys, Murrows, SPJ and AP Awards – and has been named Reporter of the Year 5 times in 3 states.

Prior to accepting his new assignment at WLKY-TV, Pohlman was a member of the Board of Directors and Vice President of Sales for Latakoo, an Austin, Texas based internet technology and media company.

Haygood said Pohlman’s primary responsibility at WLKY will be investigative work, but he does have anchoring experience. He said Pohlman has been working at WLKY for a few weeks.

Carissa Lawson, who had been anchoring the station’s 6 p.m. newscast, has left Louisville and taken a job at News12, a cable outlet in New Jersey.