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Rob Koebel Releasing Documentary on His Struggle with Alcoholism

Rob Koebel, the former WTMJ investigative reporter who was arrested for urinating outside an Apple store in 2012, is back in the spotlight. The former broadcast journalist turned to acting in recent years, with bit parts in series like USA Network’s “Necessary Roughness” and CBS’ “Under the Dome”. Now, Koebel is releasing a documentary focused on his struggle with alcoholism.

Shattered: A True Story, is about how, “One drunken night at bar and a trip to the Apple Store cost an Emmy Award-winning investigative reporter his job, his wife, his dignity and how the truth in his recovery has set him free.”

Koebel’s ex-wife, CNN anchor Christi Paul, wrote a tell-all book, Love Isn’t Supposed to HurtWithout naming names, she said she endured severe emotional abuse at the hands of her husband. Paul talked about it again recently on CNN in the wake of the Ray Rice abuse story. In the trailer for the documentary, Koebel claims that, ‘When I was getting divorced, I just didn’t want to feel the pain, and I didn’t know how to deal with those issues. So I drank.”

Check out the full trailer above.

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Former WTMJ Reporter Falls From Grace, Finds New Career

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel media writer Duane Dudek caught up with Rob Koebel, the former WTMJ investigative reporter who left the station last year after getting caught urinating outside an Apple store last year.

Dudek found out Koebel is now a budding actor. He’s taken on character roles in USA Network’s “Necessary Roughness” alongside John Stamos and recently played a police officer, a firefighter and a Revolutionary War soldier on NBC’s “Revolution,” FOX’s upcoming series “Sleepy Hollow” and “Under the Dome” on CBS.

“I’d never have believed it if 10 months ago someone had told me I’d be part of a Stephen King-Steven Spielberg event that would be the hottest show of the summer,” Koebel told Dudek about his work on “Under the Dome.” Read more

Ex-WTMJ Reporter Rob Koebel: ‘My actions should be held to a higher standard’

Duane Dudek of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel speaks with Rob Koebel, who recently resigned from WTMJ after a disorderly conduct arrest:

“My actions should be held to a higher standard,” the former WTMJ-TV (Channel 4) reporter said.

“I’m asking for the trust of the viewers” and, as a steward of the public trust, “I was a poor steward that night.”

Koebel said his “three-day drinking binge leading up to the arrest” was sparked by two interviews his former wife, HLN anchor Christi Paul, did about her recently-published book, Love Doesn’t Have to Hurt. The book is her account of what she says was an emotionally abusive marriage to Koebel. Read more

Investigative Reporter Rob Koebel Out at WTMJ After Public Urination Incident

WTMJ has parted ways with investigative reporter Rob Koebel after he was cited for disorderly conduct last month. Koebel allegedly became belligerent with police after he was caught urinating outside an Apple store in Glendale, WI.

A police report obtained by Whitefish Bay Patch describes the incident:

When Koebel started urinating outside of the Apple store, the security guard told him to stop, but Koebel ignored him.

Glendale police arrived at the scene shortly. Koebel took his phone out of his pocket, and when police told him to put his phone away, he said, “No, not gonna happen.” He then put his phone back in his pocket, but then later took it out again.

When the officer asked Koebel to hand him his phone, he said: ‘No, do you know who you’re messing with?’

The police report goes on to say that Koebel was “uncooperative” with officers when he arrived at the station, calling them names “such as ‘(expletive) face’, as well as a derogatory term for homosexual.” Read more

WTMJ Reporter Goes Out On a Date to Investigate Potential Prostitution

To investigate a controversial website that may be promoting prostitution, WTMJ reporter Rob Koebel recently went out on a date with a young woman he contacted through the site.

SeekingArrangement.com helps young women hook up with sugar daddies, who pay them significant sums of money for their company, and Koebel wanted to find out if the site was “just a clever way to promote prostitution.” Read more

Investigative Reporter Rob Koebel Moves from Fort Myers to Milwaukee

Investigative reporter Rob Koebel is joining Milwaukee’s WTMJ.

The NBC-affiliate announced today that Koebel, who received a Murrow award during his time with Fort Myers Fox-affiliate WFTX, would join the station later this month.

The move is essentially a promotion by Journal Broadcast Group, which owns both WTMJ and WFTX.

“Rob has been a strong watchdog of government agencies for the viewer. We are excited to have him as a strong member of our investigative unit,” said Journal’s vice president of news Bill Berra, in making the announcement. “His work for us in Ft. Myers has been extraordinary.” Read more