When I heard about the TV news story on Kessler Park neighbors fed up with the DMN’s Spanish newspaper Al Dia landing on their lawns each Wednesday (the story apparently aired three times yesterday), I figured the personal experience of one of the many news reporters who lives in our neighborhood was the inspiration behind it.
Sure enough, the story was from NBC 5’s Grant Stinchfield, who lives in Kessler Park. "I was getting sick of those papers," he says. The main beef with delivery, according to one neighbor interviewed, is that many people who live in Kessler Park "don’t even speak Spanish."
One of the great things about working in the news business is the ability to take a problem you or your neighbors experience firsthand, and report on it in a way that (hopefully) brings about change. In this case, the DMN "acknowledged Kessler Park does not fit its demographics" for Al Dia and told Stinchfield it would "halt delivery to that area."
You’ll be able to read more about Stinchfield and the high concentration of other TV news reporters who live in our neighborhood — including how their geographic location affects their coverage of Oak Cliff — in June’s Oak Cliff Advocate.