Hal Eisner, a reporter for FOX's KCOP & KTTV, has been
reporting news for Los Angeles television stations for 24
years. When you add in his years of radio before that his
experience spans 39 years!
Hal Eisner & Videographer Kirk McLemore
Before joining the staff of KCOP as a general assignment
reporter and long before the station was purchased by FOX
to create one of the city's several duopolies, Eisner worked
for such broadcast outlets as KTTV, KTLA and CNN. He also
served as the West Coast Bureau Chief for Tribune Broadcasting's
syndicated newscast, USA TONIGHT.
During his almost quarter century on Los Angeles television,
Eisner has interviewed covered such major stories as the trial
of Michael Jackson, the Robert Blake case, the Los Angeles
riots, the devastating Northridge earthquake, the Simpson-Goldman
murders, the murders at Columbine High School in Colorado,
and the 2000 Democratic National Convention.
Hal Eisner & Shirley Neal at the Emmys
Hal's Projects & Involvement
Besides his day job, Eisner is very involved in local television
industry organizations. He is currently the President of the
Associated Press Television Radio Association of California
and Nevada, has served on the Board of Directors of the Southern
California Radio and Television News Association, is on the
Executive Committee of the LA Area Peer Group of the Academy
of Television Arts and Sciences, was a three term Goveernor
of the TV Academy and served as the Executive Producer of
the LA Emmys for 7 consecutive years.
Hal is particularly proud of the workshops and seminars he's
designed to help college students and aspiring young reporters
build their careers and programs he's helped develop for TV
and radio news veterans. For those looking to get into the
business, he founded APTRA Academy described in "The
Communicator", published by the Radio and Television
News Director's Association, as "the hottest workshop
in the country." It's designed to help the aspiring make
resume tapes by giving them a fake story to cover with the
help of actors, public information officers from LA fire and
law enforcement agencies and scores of reporters, anchors,
photographers, editors, producers, news directors, real Hollywood
actors and others who serve as mentors. For professionals,
he's started such programs as APTRAPrep Las Vegas -- an annual
tape critique workshop. He also started the industry related
Eisner has earned three Emmys for his work on KCOP specials
and has received numerous Emmy nominations for his efforts
in news, as well. He has been honored with journalism awards
by The Society for Professional Journalists, The Diabetes
Association, The L.A. Press Club and others for such things
as "Best Spot News Reporting" and "Best Reporting
on Media." Eisner has also received "Best of the
West" and Associated Press awards.
Vision for HalEisner.com
Think of HalEisner.com as a triangle, one side is dedicated
to news consumers.
For them, we've designed a world of massive links from small
and big town newspapers to websites for television and radio
stations. We have live newsfeeds and breaking news information.
THE NEWS, as we call it, will continue to evolve. We will
take what's in place now and add to it frequently. This is
a side of the triangle, for which, I have a lot of respect.
After all, as a television reporter, I spend my days gathering
news so I can spend a few precious minutes every night at
10PM sharing stories with these very people. It's what I do
for a living.
The second side of this triangle is for the aspiring broadcaster.
The late Larry LaMotte was a great inspiration and friend.
I remember when I was trying to work my way up in the business.
There were no such things as mentoring programs. There were,
however, a few people who made a real difference in my life.
One, a fine broadcaster from KTRH Radio in Houston, named
Russ Harlow. I was a college student at the time. Harlow treated
me like a son. KTRH had what was called it's "All News
Weekend." KTTV's Steve Edwards, who was the program director
at KTRH the time, hired me in effect giving me my first big
news anchor job. Harlow took me under his week acting much
like a mentor. Both were significant.
|The late Larry LaMotte was a great inspiration and friend
Larry LaMotte was too.
Back in 1976, during America's bicentennial, LaMotte gave
me a job. He was the News Director at KRXV Radio in Fort Worth,
Texas; an all news station which carried NBC's onetime NBC/NIS
(News and Information Service) format. I'll never forget that
year or our news vehicles. Our mobile units were painted red,
white and blue. The sedans even had blue police-like lights
over the top of them. You couldn't miss us heading for a story!
LaMotte was remarkably encouraging and supportive. A great
A station format change and several jobs & years later,
LaMotte became a bureau chief at CNN and offered me another
job. CNN was new at the time, the bulk of my experience was
in radio and I wasn't so sure how I felt about making the
switch from radio to cable & the move from Texas to Los
After some thought -- I headed west and took the job. It was
the right call! Russ Harlow, Steve Edwards and Larry LaMotte
were people who helped me. There were, of course, others.
I'm greatful to all!
WIth my mentors in mind, I worked hard with the Associated
Press Television and Radio Association and Pepperdine University
to create APTRA Academy. The idea was to build from the ground
up, the ultimate in mentoring. You can learn more about APTRA
Academy on this site or at www.aptra.org, but this brings
me to why the second part of this triangle is so important.
I believe in helping those who are hungry to be tomorrow's
For this reason, part of this website is dedicated to resources
for aspiring broadcasters. There are important resources for
students such as scholarship programs and job & resume
sites. Like the first part of the triangle, this section will
That brings us to the third part of the triangle.
This part is dedicated to those of us in the news business.
It will include links to resources and broadcast-related websites.
An enormously significant part of this site comes from you!
Called FROM THE FIELD, we hear from many of you who work out
on the line day after day. Photographers, editors, writers,
managers, news directors, producers, reporters from both radio
and TV, those in PR and Public Information Officers just to
name a few. These articles reflect personal stories and desires,
ideas that can help us do our jobs better. I hope you'll read
some of these and feel motivated to craft a few paragraphs
to share with the rest of us.
Also, as one who has been extremely involved in LA's awards
scene, we'll try to keep this site updated with the latest
rules, nominees and winners for our biggest award competitions.
If you have any suggestions on how to make this work better
I'd like to hear from you. If you have stories you'd like
to share I'd like to hear from you. You can reach me at email@example.com.
Although this website may have my name attached to it, it's
really meant to be for you. It's the way I do things.
Whether I'm working on the LA Emmys or APTRA Academy, my goal
is always to bring people together from different stations
and job classifications in a positive and constructive way,
for the purpose of creating excellence. It is my mission to
do just that with haleisner.com.
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Thanks for stopping by!