Monday, August 20, 2001

media morsels

Prior to her temporary assignment at Hawaii Business, reporter Colette Fox produced and co-wrote "Holocaust: The Untold Story," which has won a 2001 CINE Eagle Award and Silver Screen Award at the U.S. Film and Video Festival.

Produced during her 14-month tenure with the Freedom Forum in Virginia, the documentary will air on the History Channel Aug. 30. The bummer part is that the show airs at 2 p.m. for Oceanic Digital subscribers on channel 327 and at 5 p.m. on analog Oceanic channel 63. The best viewing possibility for working folks may be to call the one friend of a friend of your cousin who actually knows how to program a VCR.

Another adieu

Barbara Wallace has bid "aloha" to KHNL News 8. Wallace resigned last week after three months on medical leave.

"I'm OK, it's not serious, but I'm just not ready to go back to work yet," she said.

Wallace said she didn't feel it was fair to the newsroom to be gone indefinitely.

One of the station's original hires as it set out to build a news department 6 1/2 years ago, she said members of the management and staff sincerely care about making a difference in the community and that she would be "forever grateful to John Fink."

Fink, the vice president and general manager of KHNL and sister station KFVE, said "Barbara is the consummate professional -- she's been a trooper, doing whatever we asked her to do over the years. She created a great franchise for us in JobLine. We were trying to let people know, with the doom and gloom of the economy, that companies were looking for good workers out there. It was a business and news report at the same time, trying to provide optimism."

Fink also credited Wallace as being "a major cog in our annual and successful Toys for Tots campaign."

Wallace said the decision was "hard, but I won't ever really leave Channel 8 -- like when you leave home you never really leave your family."

"As Barbara and I discussed," Fink said, "the door is left open for possible future partnerships and collaborations."

Erika Engle is a reporter with the Star-Bulletin.
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