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Posts Tagged ‘Dan DeRoos’

Tip Gives WOIO Jump on Castro Coverage

One month after he was sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping and sexually abusing three women in Cleveland, Ariel Castro was found dead by apparent suicide in his prison cell Tuesday night.

CBS affiliate WOIO was the first station to report the news and the only station to break in to overnight programming with more than a brief special report. Romona Robinson and Denise Dufala anchored from  12:03 a.m. to 2:28 a.m., with Dan DeRoos reporting from the newsroom and Tiffani Tucker outside the home where Castro kept the three women for more than ten years.

“We had gotten a tip that this had perhaps happened, that Ariel Castro had hung himself. My first move was to call the Correctional Reception Center in Orient,” DeRoos said.

Castro’s death was the lead story on the early-morning newscasts on ABC affiliate WEWS, Fox affiliate WJW and NBC affiliate WKYC.

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WOIO Reporter Defends Station’s Puppet Coverage of High-Profile Trial

WOIO reporter Dan DeRoos is defending his station’s use of puppets to cover a high-profile trial.

“If someone had written a script–a movie script–about some of the testimony that we have heard… you’d never believe it in a million years,” DeRoos, who has been covering the trial for WOIO, told NPR in a recent interview.

DeRoos was quick to point out that WOIO’s “The Puppet’s Court” is not the only way that the station is covering the trial.

“At no point do we want anyone to think that this is how we’re covering this major corruption trial,” DeRoos said. “This is supplemental coverage.” Read more