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Where is TV Critic Aaron Barnhart? Is It Anybody’s Business?

When I began at TVNewser almost five years ago, I would scour local newspaper websites for what the TV columinsts were writing about: Howard Kurtz at the Washington Post, Joanne Ostrow at the Denver Post, Tim Cuprisin of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. And the guys in Chicago: Robert Feder at the Sun-Times and Phil Rosenthal at the Tribune. Some have moved on to other beats, or other publications. And Cuprisin lost his battle with melanoma last year. A couple are still around, including Baltimore Sun‘s David Zurawik. And we are fortunate to have the Philadelphia Inquirer‘s Gail Shister in our line-up.

And there was always Aaron Barnhart of the Kansas City Star. His TVBarn column would often include an interesting angle about cable news we hadn’t covered or an interview with a TV news personality worth picking up.

It turns out Barnhart has gone off the grid apparently for health reasons. So when a local blogger began asking questions about his whereabouts, it touched a nerve and today Jim Romenesko asks if it’s “anybody’s business” where he is and why?

[Star "watchdog" John] Landsberg tells me that reaction to his Barnhart column “has been mixed” and that “some people think it is a fair question to ask about a prominent columnist who simply virtually disappears for several months. Others consider it a private matter.”

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Eric Horng Joining Chicago’s ABC Station

Eric Horng.jpgChicago-based ABC News correspondent Eric Horng is leaving the network and joining ABC’s Windy City O&O, WLS-TV.

Vocalo.org’s Robert Feder reports that Horng, a Chicago native, will begin his new job as a general assignment reporter on August 9. An ABC spokesperson tells TVNewser Horng will remain at the network through that date.

Horng joined ABC’s NewsOne in 2003 and was named a network correspondent in 2007. Previously, he reported for CNN and for CNN Newsource.

Jeff Goldblatt Exits Chicago’s Fox Station

Goldblatt J.jpgFormer Fox News Channel correspondent Jeff Goldblatt — who’s been the 9pm main anchor at Chicago’s Fox O&O WFLD-TV since August of 2008 — is leaving the station, reports vocalo.org’s Robert Feder.

According to Feder, Goldblatt told colleagues his contract would not be renewed later this year. Goldblatt joined WFLD in “a wave of Fox News Channel anchors and reporters drafted for key news positions at Fox-owned stations under big boss Roger Ailes. Among others were Dari Alexander, Rick Folbaum, Greg Kelly, Heather Nauert and Mike Jerrick.”

It’s not known what’s next for Goldblatt. As far as his replacement, Feder cites speculation focused on former CBS News correspondent and Chicago news veteran Bob Sirott.

Former GMAer Mike Barz Challenges Ouster From FOX Chicago

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Former Good Morning America features reporter Mike Barz is making his first public statements after being let go in July as a morning anchor for Chicago’s Fox O&O, WFLD. In an interview with vocalo.org’s Robert Feder, Barz says he has hired an attorney to get his job back. Feder reports an arbitration hearing is forthcoming.

Former TV Columnist’s New Online Gig

Former longtime Chicago Sun-Times television/radio columnist Robert Feder has announced his return to the beat. A year after taking a buyout from the paper, Feder announced today he’ll be writing a daily column for Vocalo.org, an online community hosted by Chicago Public Radio. “I look forward to redefining my old broadcast beat, while expanding the scope of my reporting to include print, the Internet and whatever else comes along,” writes Feder.

Former GMAer Mike Barz Out At Chicago’s Fox Station

Barz.jpgFormer Good Morning America features reporter/fill-in weatherman Mike Barz is out as a morning anchor for Chicago’s Fox O&O, WFLD.

The Chicago Sun-TimesLewis Lazare reports that Barz, who joined the station in 2007, was dismissed after what a source tells Lazar was “inappropriate and offensive behavior toward a fellow employee.” Lazar says the “incident is said to have occurred at a going-away party earlier this month” for a WFLD reporter.

Here’s the kicker: this is the second time Barz has run into trouble after attending a going-away party with co-workers. It was back in 2007 that former Sun-Times columnist Robert Feder reported that Barz served a suspension after what a source described as “dirty dancing” with a female colleague at a nightclub.

“Thus Was Born The One And Only Walter Cronkite Fan Club”

Feder and Cronkite.jpgAmong those with fond memories of Walter Cronkite is former longtime Chicago television columnist Robert Feder, who calls the legendary broadcaster “my hero”.

“At the age of 14,” Feder tells his former paper, the Sun-Times, “I wrote to him for the first time, expressing my respect and admiration for his work and declaring that I’d formed a fan club in his honor. About a week or so later, I received a letter back from him, bestowing his blessing on my effort…Thus was born the one and only Walter Cronkite Fan Club.”

The club would end up with more than a thousand members — “including many prominent figures in broadcasting, entertainment and politics” — and Feder and Cronkite became lifelong friends.

For Feder, Cronkite was the gold standard. “No anchorman before or since has come close to his reputation for integrity and credibility… unlike many of his lesser contemporaries, he never cashed in on the public’s trust — and he never sold out.”

The Ticker: Scarborough, Martin, Van Susteren…

> So what does this mean? Yesterday morning Joe Scarborough joked with TVNewser that he and Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews and others at MSNBC were, “going to eat Thanksgiving dinner together.” But the day before he tells the Daily Intelligencer, regarding Olbermann, “I don’t invite him to Thanksgiving dinner and he doesn’t invite me to Thanksgiving dinner, but I think everything is fine.”

> Apparently CNN’s Roland Martin is a bit overworked. He’s been working the conventions all day for CNN, he overslept Wednesday’s morning radio show. “I had three clocks on three different time zones — Mountain, Central and Eastern. Just had the wrong clock set!” he tells the Chicago Sun-Times’ Robert Feder.

> FNC airs a one-hour special, “Governor Sarah Palin: An American Woman,” on Saturday and Sunday at 8pmET. Greta Van Susteren hosts. It will include interviews with Palin’s family, friends and colleagues.

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