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As social media producer, I know that viewers are more likely to click, read, share, “like” and “retweet” stories that are uplifting, humorous or interesting on a social level. Viewers love the stories that make them cry and they can relate to – stories that they’re likely to talk about in a social setting. I like to say, social media is like a big party…no one who shows up talking about death and destruction is going to be invited to the next gathering.
Since I’m also on-air five days a week, I’m able to integrate what’s popular on social media to the newscasts. The daily “Now Trending” segments are stacked with stories that our viewers are clicking on and chatting about on the web. Here’s one example.
To see more stories trending now, visit NowTrending.com.
Frank Marino, Las Vegas’ longest running headliner admits that plastic surgery is his addiction in Part 1 of this 2-part series. Six weeks later he says he’s happy with the cosmetic surgery results, believes there will be no more major surgeries, only fillers and other minor facial re-touches to stay firm and flawless. Marino invites me into his home for a private interview, plus takes me on a ride to his first night back on stage.
There’s something sweet and surreal about waking up before the sun rises, to deliver the breaking news/trending headlines to all of Las Vegas. I hit the roof top of KTNV-TV this morning to report on the expansion of Dowtown. I couldn’t help but snap a pic or two. It’s not often you feel a cool, desert breeze blow by, while the Las Vegas lights sit still. I’ve never felt so at peace in Las Vegas, until this morning.
While the air was calm, headlines were being made around the globe. Check out some of the stories I reported on, below:
Be sure to tune into Channel 13 M-F, from 5am – 7am next week! See you on Good Morning Las Vegas!
I joined Beth Fisher and Jessica Janner for a special “4th of July” edition of Good Morning Las Vegas, on Thursday. The best part about filling-in on the morning show: having the chance to wake up with the community. I’m really impressed with the amount of people who love to interact via Facebook and Twitter during the newscast… at the crack of dawn!
Join me on Twitter, anytime, any day —-> @MTelles
We work, we grind, we cover the events and news happening all across the Valley. But, sometimes it’s healthy to unwind.
Las Vegas is an incredible city to call, Home. When I first moved here, a colleague mentioned that it’s “trendy” to say there’s no culture in Las Vegas. He was right, that’s just a trend. The reality: there’s absolutely culture and community in this town. Whether you’re on or off the strip, there’s always something BIG happening. From celebrity appearances on the regular to art exhibits, museums galore and great broadway shows.
On the topic of Broadway, this Summer, get tickets to see Priscilla Queen of the Desert at The Venetian. The feel good musical is loud, proud and full of glitter, wigs, lipstick, elaborate costumes and of course, boas!
Join me on Twitter to get the scoop on what’s happening every week/weekend in Las Vegas.
Getting out and about in the community, mingling with the movers and shakers that make Las Vegas tick… is a huge reason why I love my job. I enjoy people and their stories, always have and will.
What I thought would be a quick turn-around piece, turned into much more. I met a man in the community, running a local comic shop. Simple, right? So wrong. Ralph is a mainstay in the Las Vegas comic-community, introduced to me by a colleague (Mark Otto) who’s a huge comic enthusiast. I posted a pic of Ralph to Facebook… and the out pour of love and respect for the man was undeniably a beautiful thing. He’s a quiet, kind and charismatic shop-owner, with a love for comics since the 1970’s. One of Ralph’s long-time customers wrote, “Ralph and his store introduced me to most of the comics I love today! One of the greatest men in the comic biz if you ask me. Attention much deserved.”
I’ll admit, I didn’t quite understand the craze around comics before meeting and listening to Ralph. But, I’m starting to get it. I look forward to getting back to the shop and picking Ralph’s brain about what it is about these “graphic novels” that light up the hearts and spark a sense of nostalgia, for so many. Stay tuned for that…
Until then, as a tribute to Ralph and all the comic-enthusiasts reading this, I’m headed to the theatre this weekend to see “Man of Steel”
Want to explore more of Las Vegas’ culture and community? Join me on Twitter, let’s tweet about it.
Did you miss this morning’s headlines on Good Morning Las Vegas? I have the trending stories, here:
National Security Agency tapping into major internet companies:
New fad: “Smoking Alcohol”:
Cheerful women in the workplace:
Tropical storm Andrea hits the coast of Florida:
Big stories broke overnight. You can view some of them, below. Tune in to Channel 13 tomorrow, from 5-7am for more headlines.
White House and Verizon phone records:
84 year old Fla. Powerball winner:
Rescue efforts in PA:
Most of the nation woke up this morning, never predicting that the worst elementary school shooting in the U.S. would go down in history today. It was a case of mental-illness mixed with loaded guns that left Sandy Hook Elementary School (Newtown, CT), with 20 less children and 6 less adults. The gunman’s name is Adam Lanza. A 20 year-old man who killed his mother, first. Children and adults next. Then, turned the gun on himself. 27 total deaths in Newtown today.
While this story is tragic and unimaginable to us here on the opposite side of the country, it’s a living nightmare for the parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters who must endure the loss of family, on this devastating December day.
President Obama spoke out in an emotional speech this afternoon, ABC’s Diane Sawyer interviewed a surviving teacher tonight. Her heart-wrenching interview [here].
In local communities, like here in Las Vegas, people took to social media to talk about the tragedy. Everyone, sends their condolences to the families mourning tonight:
“I have finally stopped crying, but It is when my 7 year old goes in to the kitchen and makes himself a bowl of cereal and says waaaa laaaaa — makes me cry all over to think I would not be able to see that anymore from him — mmmmm I feel for those parents who can’t anymore. Man this hurts so bad.” – Jenny Guerrero Bowser
“This is so heartbreaking sending all my thoughts and prayers to all the families in Newtown, Conn.” – Karen Hopkins
“So tragic my heart goes to all the families involved and god bless all. So many little innocent life’s taken.” – Abby Herrera
“My prayers go out to these babies and their family’s.” – Stevie Marie Guier
This is the biggest story of the day, and may be the biggest story of 2012. So, we must ask ourselves… how are our local communities preparing for an incident like this? Do we have the proper security in our public school systems?
My older brother, Greg, a man who always shines light on the bigger picture, took to Facebook with this statement:
“Stop the blame game. Stop blaming government. Stop blaming conservatives. Stop picking on liberals. Just grieve. There are mentally unstable people everywhere. Let’s focus on identifying the problems around us early and stop ignoring them. We cannot compare our minds to theirs. More mental health help..and increased background checks. Nothing’s wrong with guns, let’s just identify the source of the problem..the people.”
He has a point. So, what are your thoughts? Is today’s tragedy a red-flag, proving that we need preventative care for the mentally-ill? Or is this a gun control issue? Or wait. In a culture that is entertained by violence, pays to see violence, glorifies violence in all forms of TV, film and video games… is this a cultural issue?
If so, how do we go about fixing that?
Sound off, below.
You can read more on today’s tragedy here:
Newton Teacher Refused to Unlock Door for Police Fearing Gunman’s Trick — ABC, World News with Diane Sawyer
Connecticut Shooter Adam Lanza: ‘Obviously Not Well’ — ABC.com, The Blotter