When Doug Kriegel sat with me at Jerry's Deli in Studio City a few years ago, I was in awe of the man I'd known for much of my journalistic life, seeing him on TV.
He was now working for me, doing a few stories as a freelancer for Studio City Patch, and he said he was an admirer of mine! He asked me about a job at Sherman Oaks Patch, and I tried to discourage him.
"Oh, why would you want to come our of retirement to do that? It's grueling!" I said.
Well, he took the job, and I'm thankful because for a few years I got to work alongside a mentor and we learned a lot from each other.
"I loved doing it," Doug says about his Patch job. "I can only say that it was a truly unique and wonderful experience. Hard work, but also fun and interesting."
Today, Doug is back, doing his dream job, having his own show. It's a broadcast on PBS So Cal KOCE Thursday, January 16 at 5:30 p.m. called The Drive-By Economist. It will also air Sunday on the digital channel.
He worked for 31 years as a reporter for KNBC, and covered big things (I remember the 9/11 stories he did because he happened to be in New York at the time). He retired in 2009 and then did some TV in Santa Barbara.
"It's been on my bucket list to have my own show, now I've got it," Doug says. "I'm covering that hasn't been covered much before. It's always bothered me that the regional economy gets very little coverage on local television, even though it involves more than six million jobs where people are producing a total product that exceeds $900 billion—larger than the economies of some countries."
It's not a business show, nor about money, but people oriented stories that Doug is so good at doing. He'll be exploring issues about the homeless, supermarket wars, small businesses and the economic history of Los Angeles.
It's a specialty of his. He was a financial analyst before becoming a journalist, and now he's mixing both of his passions.
Check out his show this afternoon! Check out the video of one of his shows, and some photos of his career, including a few with me in the photo gallery.