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Best Television Reporter Phoenix 2009 - Mike Watkiss

It's downright impossible to find competition for Mike Watkiss in this wrecking ball of a media market. Watkiss, a mighty mite with a big voice and a bigger heart, is definitely old school. (For the record, we consider that a compliment.) The guy literally pounds the pavement looking for lowdown stories about murder, mayhem, and the otherwise seamy side of life. And he's charming — if you're not the subject of one of his stories. He still wears his O.J. Simpson press pass around his neck as a badge of honor. Sadly, street reporters like Watkiss are a dying breed, so enjoy him while you can. We love the SOB.

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Church Lady
Church Lady

"I don't mean to bust your bubble, but Sheriff Joe is a lot of trouble. His sweeps cost a lot of money, making him a governor would be funny. He breaks childrens hearts, by taking their families apart. Fix the fence, holes are a nuisance". Dear Mike Watkiss, has anyone looked at the definition of "Ex Post Facto" or "Illegal Searches and Seizures?" in connection with these sweeps that are increasing like some kind of contest? I am deeply concerned at the devalidation of all Mexican people and those who look Mexican. This could become a runaway train like abortion did. Checks and balances, that is the reason why it needs to remain a federal concern, and the reason why deportation is normally a punishment for a heinous crime. Has anyone asked Sheriff Arpaio if he really cares at all that he has deported enough people to lose a representative and change the population/demographic of an entire neighborhood? Has anyone interviewed Sheriff Arpaio to get into his head as to why now? Why, when the fence is still broken? Won't the people just come right back, and waste tax dollars and precious time he could have been rounding up drug dealers and child knappers? Has anyone asked him or challenged him to look seriously at crime rate priorities and give an honest answer? Is this really what Arizona needs right now? Or is this a political tactic to divide up the Democratic vote and keep the working poor at each other's throats? Who will replace the men who chop off the heads of our palm trees this summer? Is there an American tree topping company that will serve that market? Does he not feel bad about Chuy's? Did he not make that call to the feds and get Americans thrown in prison for the crime of giving people a job? These men will be in danger of being beaten, raped or murdered their entire incarceration with sodomizers, rapists, murderers and armed robberers. Does he think the punishment is equal to the crime? The crime of giving the hurting and poor from another country a job? Hasn't it always been the American way to welcome people from other countries and not deport them back to a bad or dangerous situation? How is sending people to Mexico who never lived there before a different case? We deny young Mexicans the Dream Act and that is exactly what we are doing? We are sending them into poverty, homelessness and danger. Do we really want to send the best and brightest of another country back to that country? Would a zoo send a lion raised in its confines back into the jungle? This is all very inhumane and against type for the Country known as The Greatest Country on Earth, The Good Guys, The Rescuers. Young people in other countries dream of coming to America. How do we continue these abuses of undocumented immigrants with no conscience of the fact that we are contradicting all the American stereotyping of John Wayne and Shirley Temple movies? The good guys always triumphing and the oppressed little orphans always getting rescued? These abuses towards "Good Guy" undocumented workers is a slap in the face of everything AMERICA is supposed to have stood for for at least a century. Is this going on in Arizona because the President is a black man? Are these things happening as a backlash against the Democratic party because then people will blame it on having elected a black man over a white man? Ultimately Mexican people will say that President Obama had no power over the Republicans who voted against the Dream Act, so "Si Se Puede" did not happen in his administration, and under President Obama Mexicans in Arizona were treated like black people in time of slavery. Is it not the elephant in the corner of the room? Could a news brief based upon these comments give you a few meaningful sound bites? Call me, at imachurchlady@hotmail.com., thank you.

mike watkiss
mike watkiss

Thanks New Times...I am grateful for the recognition and touched by the sentiment. Mike Watkiss

dan davis
dan davis

Watkiss is the last of his kind, and a terrific guy to know. Too bad TV stations continue to think spokesmodels are news people.

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