Sunday, October 17, 2010

Star Reporter Recognized

The Arizona Newspaper Association has named Arizona Daily Star's Rob O'Dell as Journalist of the Year for 2010. Regular readers of this blog have known for at least a year that O'Dell is one of the few reporters that truly understands the distinction “Cloth,” most obviously from his stellar analysis and reporting of the cloth infested Rio Nuevo fiasco.

O'Dell is one of the reporters that actually investigates these things called facts and tries to provide insightful reporting that increases public awareness of what's going on, items like a quarter million to a consultant for a glossy pamphlet or a downtown hotel based on laughingly inaccurate financial forecasts. So far, he has spared the likes of TREO and its ongoing boondoggle from scrutiny.

Cloth groupie David Hatfield was not recognized for his sloppy kiss coverage of Tucson's economic development champions.

Way to go, Rob. Keep up the good work.

9 Comments:

Anonymous Another Anon said...

Hopefully TREO is next.

10/17/2010 1:09 PM  
Anonymous Observer said...

I'm glad to see this. O'Dell is clearly at the forefront of what your blog has been trying to illustrate since 2007.

10/18/2010 7:22 PM  
Blogger Cigar Man said...

I saw this and it made me smile. I think it's great. Obviously, x4mr reads everything O'Dell writes, but I strongly suspect the reverse is true as well.

Teya Vitu was once a somewhat respectable reporter on economic development and cloth matters, but they got to him. Now that I think of it, is Teya even still in town? I think I heard something horrible, like he was making fluff pieces for TCC or DTP or PCC or MTCVB or TREO. Sad.

O'Dell is emerging as one of the best reporters in Tucson. His articles actually say something and provoke thought and discussion. His work makes a difference.

For contrast, who gives a flying F what lapdog Hatfield says about anything?

10/18/2010 8:29 PM  
Anonymous Another Anon said...

Teya does a lot of writing for Steve Rosenberg's fluffy bsiness magazine.

10/18/2010 8:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Teya Vitu also writes for the DTP magazine.

10/18/2010 10:58 PM  
Blogger The Navigator said...

Congratulations to Rob O'Dell. I imagine there are some cloth types that aren't too fond of him.

10/19/2010 6:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Aren't too fond" would be an understatement. O'Dell may be one of the most powerful people in Tucson, as he causes those in positions of power to alter, rethink, or look for ways to hide or recast their actions, on a regular basis.

People in the highest levels of government actually talk about what to do or not do or say based on what O'Dell's reaction is likely to be.

O'Dell just revels in it. He knows many people hate him, and he knows that is a good thing, because it means he is doing his job.

10/20/2010 8:18 AM  
Anonymous Another Anon said...

And I'm sure Rob is gunning for a reporting job in a larger market, too.

10/21/2010 10:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While I no longer live in Tucson, I am proud to say I met O'Dell when he was just cranking up. As a retired Private Investigator, I would say he has persevered with greater dilegence and professioalism than any reporter that has ever covered the Downtown. Without his ongoing investigative reporting the citizens of Tucson would have never known how much money was counted at kitchen tables like Doug Kennedy. DDC has been a disgrace since its formation. O'Dell brought that any many other financial shananigans into the sunlight. He may be the last investigative reporter on the job in Tucson. Kudos Rob.

10/23/2010 3:08 AM  

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