“After 40 years on the air in Miami-Dade County, it is only fitting that Al Sunshine be honored for changing lives, affecting our community, and highlighting our society through his informative news stories and exceptional journalistic prowess,” a proclamation from the Miami mayor’s office reads.
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The investigative reporter for the CBS owned Miami station who celebrated 40 years in broadcasting last year, told TVSPy in an email, “After some 25 years at WCIX/WFOR CBS TV in Miami, I decided to retire. CBS offered me an opportunity to continue reporting here, but were unable to agree on the terms.”
Sunshine started his carer at WTVJ in 1972 when it was the CBS affiliate. He’s also worked at CNN as the acting Miami Bureau Chief and the Dade County Manager’s office. During his career, Sunshine covered the Miami-based Watergate burglars, the Mariel Boat Lift and the Challenger disaster. He started working at WFOR in 1988 when its call letters were WCIX. Read more
Sunshine, yes, that’s his real name, began his career in 1972 with WTVJ, which was the CBS affiliate at the time, as a reporter/photographer. Forty years later, he’s known for his “4 Your Money” segments where he investigates and reports on behalf of local consumers.
The key to his success? “He has survived because he’s somebody we can all relate to,” longtime colleague, WFOR anchor Elliot Rodriguez told the Miami Herald . “An average guy.”
For a sweeps story on messy work spaces, WFOR decided to turn its cameras on the veteran reporter, whose desk was cluttered with files, newspapers, and memorabilia–evidence of his nearly 25 years with the station. With the help of an organization expert, Sunshine threw away much of the items, including a file dated 2003 and a calendar from 2006 (video above).
“It was not a comfortable position to be in,” Sunshine told TVSpy via email. “The ‘junk’ was memorabilia from years of consumer reporting I never really wanted to get rid of. I still miss some of those old props.”