For Beth's sake, make good news happen

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I read the extremely eloquent rememberance about Beth and agree wholeheartedly. Beth was a rare person in this world we live in.....very dedicated to the job and career she so loved. More committed to the family and friends she held dear too Reading these messages brings back many great memories of my days at TV20. Beth was the first reporter I had the pleasure of ever working with....she was so awesome. She knew her job well, and also new how to have fun at work even when things just weren't going right....and some days nothing went right. We all knew Beth was our taskmaster on weekends....you had better bring your A game because she would call you on it if you weren't 100%. I miss her honesty and straightforward way of doing things......too many reporters take the easy way...the short cuts...Beth had no shortcuts.....she was the real deal... All reporters have the ultimate role model. Beth Younggren. We miss you Beth. ken mcklem photojournalist weekend assignment editor 1997-2002
I went to UF with Beth and interned at TV 20. She probably wouldn't have remembered me, but I remember how beautiful she was. My condolences to her family and friends.
Kevin, As I am prone to do from time to time, I find an old letter in my desk and I google the writer to see what they are up to nowadays. This is one instance where my findings leave me really upset. I knew Beth when she was a reporter in Macon, GA and I was a know-nothing intern just out of school. I marveled at Beth's ability to lug a camera, write a script, do anything and everything to get the job done right. I wasn't sure I had that same moxie. I lasted two months. I ended up at CNN and told my bosses that I thought I knew the perfect person they should look at as their next hire. They loved her tape. But she had to get to Florida. And we exchanged a few letters after her move and as recently as two or three years ago. I can't say anything more than you haven't said better, but I do know this. I'm a better person for having known Beth and very few people really impress me in the world. She was one. Thank you for the nice tribute to her. Think I'll try to go find a few of those letters. John Kim
I was totally shocked when I heard the news about Beth yesterday. She was one of those few people in the news business who are sincere and genuinely nice. I remember shadowing her on my first day at WCJB. She was so humble and competent always ready to extend a helping hand. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Dear Kevin, I just heard the terrible news and came upon your blog. Beth was one of those very rare journalists that really keep their eyes on the good in the world. She was such a wonderful role model to all of us in the newsroom. My thoughts and prayers go out to her and her family.
Dear Kevin: As Beth's husband, I was so thankful for your words and thoughts that paid tribute to my wife. It is so heart warming to know that her message and true great nature was appreciated. I am touched that you so eloquently paid tribute to her. In this very painful time for my family, you will never know how comforting your words have been. I take solace in the fact that while her life was cut way too short, what she did mattered to so many. Thank you again for your thoughtful and touching words. I will make sure that when my children are old enough, that they will have a copy of your blog. I know that this will be very important to them. All my thanks, Dan Glassman
Hi Kevin, Thanks for bringing me up to date about Beth. She and I worked together in Macon a long time ago. At the time, I was the veteran and she was the rookie. Unlike so many of the other "upstarts" like you described, she was always eager to learn ways to improve herself and welcomed the advice. I regret I didn't know any of her struggle. A couple of weeks ago I noticed her birthday on the calendar and told myself I needed to e-mail her. Even if I had taken the time to sit down right then, she might never had seen it. She was a great lady, an awesome mother and a beautiful bride. The world's loss is heaven's gain.
Kev- What awesome words about Beth! I've been thinking about her too and memories from the days back in G-ville. My favorite is when she went into labor with Ben in the newsroom but refused to leave until she was finished editing her story for that night's newscast! It's always hard to understand why God would chose to take away someone so good, so young. But in my experience it's those tragedies that make the most positive difference in the most lives. I know Beth's death, like her life, will inspire all of us to be better people and take advantage of the time we have. Thanks for sharing!
Kevin, very well put. Beth was my first anchor as a news producer, and she's always remained someone special to me. I've never met another person so obviously pure in the soul. We also bumped heads from time to time, but I always knew she didn't have a mean or negative bone in her body. I, too, am searching for why she was taken from her family so soon. Thanks for your thoughts. Misty Showalter WCJB Producer/Reporter 1998-1999
Kev -- Beth was one of the gems in the business. Always fair, always helpful, and doing this job for the absolute right reasons instead of the all-too-often-seen wrong ones. And what a great mom to her kids. So, so sad that they won't have her around anymore. Thanks for sharing the tribute... Best, `Jeff Butera WCJB 2003-2004