By Diane Ako
When I'm up that early, I like to tune into KITV4 News This Morning on Saturday and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. Left to my own devices, I'd be sleeping, but because I have a three-year-old, it generally means I'm up. I wrest the remote control from her after I've squared us away with breakfast, and I ask if I can just leave PBS kids for a minute, to peek at the news.
"Let's look at Paul Drewes," I tell her. She knows Paul, and because that's how he's referred to on television, she actually knows him as "Paul Drewes." She uses his full name.
In mid-September, Paul and another longtime work friend, Jodi Leong, were promoted to the anchor desk. "KITV4 News This Morning on Saturdays and Sundays will be anchored by Jodi Leong and Paul Drewes. Leong is a long time Hawaii news reporter and anchor. Drewes joined KITV4 News this past year from a competing station. He is also a reporter, anchor and a certified Meteorologist who has earned his seal of approval from the American Meteorological Society," reads the press release from KITV.
They do a great job. That goes without saying. They're both experienced, smart, and capable, and they pair well together. Actually, though, every single time my daughter sees them on the set together, she asks me, "Is that you, Mommy?" Jodi laughed when she heard that.
We all have very young children. Paul's sons are six and three. Jodi's daughter is two. My girl is three. I totally know the feeling of working what's essentially a graveyard shift, but I also know the feeling of wanting to be home with your child. I asked them how their new shift affects their family life.
"I anchor the morning show twice a week, and I report at night the other three days. I chose the night shift so I could be home with my three-year-old during the day, since he's not in preschool," says Paul. "Because of that, I have a lot more time to be at home. I like it." Paul's morning shift starts at 2 a.m. because he also prepares the weather forecast. He says he loves the schedule.
Jodi, who anchors the show twice a week and reports three days a week (during the day), echoes a similar sentiment. She has a babysitter to care for her daughter, Carys, while she's working, but this does allow her to be home more. "I did this for her," says Jodi. "I have two full weekdays off now. I have way more time with my daughter. I can take her to the zoo in the day and do fun things. And, it adds variety to my duties because now I split my time between reporting and anchoring."
I think constant fatigue would be an issue for me, though Paul says he manages to adjust. Jodi says she is always tired, but the tradeoff of seeing Carys so much more is well worth it. That, I understand.
The thing I like best about the new morning show is that I can see my friends more often. Our lives are busy and we don't see each other as regularly as when we worked alongside each other in the same newsroom, but at least I know I can turn on the tube and wave at Paul. He says one of these days he'll come up with a code that means he's waving back.
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