Ken Kolker Reporter

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He started his work as a correspondent at The Grand Rapids Press in 1979 before moving to The Saginaw News in 1982.

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Jacob McCandles

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Feb 17, 2009
 

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Congratulations on snagging Mr. Kolker. Why the Press let him slip away is beyond me. Perhaps he and Henry Erb can team up and bring to Grand Rapids a new era of investigative reporting -- something a little deeper than front page news about Jessica Simpson having a bad night at a DeVos Place concert. Good luck, Mr. Kolker!

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Ken Kolker is one very good reporter! I'm glad here's here.

Yes, good luck Mr. Kolker!
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Marti from Michigan wrote:
Ken Kolker is one very good reporter! I'm glad here's here.
Yes, good luck Mr. Kolker!
Maybe he is good in the paper, but the first report I saw him do for WOOD was awful. He acted like the last thing he wanted to do was report the news...I seriously thought he might have killed himself as soon as the camera turned off. His hair was all messed up, his tie loosened up and disheveled, his voice and mannerisms were indicitave of deep depression and suicidal ideation. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt based on his experience in newspaper, but he really needs to get his act together if he wants to make the transition from newspaper to on-air reporter.
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Too bad he didn't replace Suzanne Hew-Haw..anything would be better than her

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Feb 18, 2009
 
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Maybe he is good in the paper, but the first report I saw him do for WOOD was awful. He acted like the last thing he wanted to do was report the news...I seriously thought he might have killed himself as soon as the camera turned off. His hair was all messed up, his tie loosened up and disheveled, his voice and mannerisms were indicitave of deep depression and suicidal ideation. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt based on his experience in newspaper, but he really needs to get his act together if he wants to make the transition from newspaper to on-air reporter.
A lot of the WOOD reporters look like that, lol. I caught the early morning news this morning and Terry looked haggard, and Emily Linnert was doing a story out by The Eberhardt Center and she looked like she was dressed in fatigues.

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Too bad he didn't replace Suzanne Hew-Haw..anything would be better than her
I don't know what everyone's problems are with Suzanne Geha. She is a very good reporter, a very nice woman and a fine person overall. She has a big heart and she is doing a great job. Leave her alone. If you can't say anything nice about someone, don't say anything at all.

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This guy is terrible. His monotone voice and appearance are terrible. Some new reporters are definently needed at WOOD TV!
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Marti from Michigan wrote:
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I don't know what everyone's problems are with Suzanne Geha. She is a very good reporter, a very nice woman and a fine person overall.
You are joking, right?
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Hey! This guy is new at this station and to TV reporting, don't be so cruel. From what I have seen and what I have heard he is doing a great job at Wood TV 8 and deserves a a lot more than what "GRR" and "Silly Monkey" are saying. I have followed his stories over the years at The Grand Rapids Press and now at Wood, his does remarkable work and really digs into the details. He is why people want the news.
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Sarah wrote:
Hey! This guy is new at this station and to TV reporting, don't be so cruel. From what I have seen and what I have heard he is doing a great job at Wood TV 8 and deserves a a lot more than what "GRR" and "Silly Monkey" are saying. I have followed his stories over the years at The Grand Rapids Press and now at Wood, his does remarkable work and really digs into the details. He is why people want the news.
I guess that is one of the great things about our country, everyone is entitled to his/her own opinion. Personally, I don't know what he wrote in The Press, as I seldom read it. I do agree that he has a monotone voice and not much charisma. Maybe he will improve, or maybe not.
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I agree with what Sarah says he has worked his butt off at both jobs. That was his first time on TV and my guess is that he was a little nervous. So i think all you critics out there should just give him a break and wait to see what great stories he will do next.
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Shelby wrote:
I agree with what Sarah says he has worked his butt off at both jobs. That was his first time on TV and my guess is that he was a little nervous. So i think all you critics out there should just give him a break and wait to see what great stories he will do next.
His first time on TV? I have seen him half a dozen times on air and heard his voice, many times before he was on air. Time will tell. Look at Leon Hendrix, he's been on air there for a year and still stinks. When an on air personality is infront of the camera, they do the best they can, simply their best isn't so great.
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I know style is important, and I'm sure that will come with time. But the shallow viewers who think that's what it's all about are just that -- shallow viewers. Try considering substance, if you've got the intelligence. Or, you can watch Inside Edition and ET. They don't have much to say, but they're awful pretty and have great inflection.
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To Repeat...I don't think they meant to be shallow. I think it's more that he did good investigative reporting in The Press, and that's where someone with a monotone voice should be, not in front of the camera. If people are looking for monotone, they read The Press or other publications. On the air, people are looking for appearance and pleasant to bring the news. So, I don't think that people are necessarily being mean or shallow, just honest.

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Suzanne with her up and coming breaking news? Sorry she is a joke, and should have been canned years ago. I would take Larry back in a minute and not miss her at all. I'm back to watching Tom and Channel 3
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Suzanne with her up and coming breaking news? Sorry she is a joke, and should have been canned years ago. I would take Larry back in a minute and not miss her at all. I'm back to watching Tom and Channel 3
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Just remember that the up and coming new, breaking news and that sort of stuff is not written by the anchors. The editors and producers put it on the teleprompter for them to read. It's not up to the anchors. I'm guessing that every morning and evening Jen and Suzanne are tired of saying, "Economic Emergency" it's just part of the job. I think some behind the scenes people need to be a bit more creative and original!
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Mar 2, 2009
 
Sarah wrote:
Hey! This guy is new at this station and to TV reporting, don't be so cruel. From what I have seen and what I have heard he is doing a great job at Wood TV 8 and deserves a a lot more than what "GRR" and "Silly Monkey" are saying. I have followed his stories over the years at The Grand Rapids Press and now at Wood, his does remarkable work and really digs into the details. He is why people want the news.
Just to be clear, my OP stated that I will give him the benefit of the doubt based on his track record in the print media. However, the first time I saw him on TV he WAS terrible. I hope he can improve his on air skills so he can bring his investigative work to television. That being said, it's just a simple fact that some people don't have what it takes to be on camera.
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He may not look the greatest on camera, but he's real and I like that. At least he doesn't cake on the makeup and look fake. He may need a bit of time to get used to reporting verbally instead of putting it in ink, but I think he's a great addition to Wood TV 8.

He and his wife worked at The GR Press for years and they are both great people. Both of them were wise to leave newspaper too because it's a dying media.
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I agree with Annonymous on this one
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Ken's story on yesterday's 5 o'clock newscast was much better. It had a feeling of professional journalism to it, which is rare coming from Wood-TV. I'd say he is becoming more comfortable on camera.

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