Boel is on the Way Back

John Boel is on his way back

I caught up with former WLKY-TV anchor John Boel today.

As I expected, he sounds as if he’s been a model rehab patient.  He’s back in town, celebrating his three-month sober anniversary on Sunday, watching the Packers with his pal Terry Meiners. Boel, in his direct and humble way, said he goes to three AA meetings per week, 2 counseling sessions. He’s found a sponsor in his recovery effort, has lost 32 pounds and is running and cycling every day. He can’t drive, because his license has been suspended.

“I’m trying to get well,” he said. “The folks at rehab told me that the only thing I had to change was everything, and I’m doing that.”

I wouldn’t have expected Boel, perhaps the best investigative reporter this town has seen, to be any less enthusiastic about getting back to the work of telling stories. He says he’s been working on a book about his experiences reporting on the news in Louisville, and sent 20 chapters to a publisher. He’s involved in a pilot for a television show, a sort-of Extreme Makeover for small towns.

For a guy who’s laying low, it sounds like a pretty busy life to me.  There’s no doubt Boel is humbled, remorseful. . . and determined to reclaim his life.  Don’t expect him to be anchoring any newscasts, but I suspect Boel’s career in local media isn’t over.

It’s been 3 months since he was arrested, drunk, for the second time in two years. He had to admit he had an alcohol problem, and it cost him his job. He went off to the Hazelton Clinic in Minnesota for rehab.  On Sunday, he’ll be watching his Packers in the Super Bowl, stone cold sober.

4 Comments on "Boel is on the Way Back"

  1. Glad to hear it. I always thought he was a great reporter. Hope he takes this fresh start and runs with it!! 🙂

    • John is one of the best reporters this town has ever seen. He’s gotten a couple wake up calls and hopefully he’s learned his lesson. He’ll be back on his feet. Alot of former colleagues in the news biz are pulling for him.

  2. Good luck to John. He was always my favorite local news guy. As a recovering person myself, with 23 years sober, I can share that it is not an easy road but gets much better.

  3. With the recent turn toward more local news and other local programming in Louisville, it would be wise for any station manager to explore the idea of hiring John when he’s ready to return. I think bulding a local investigative unit around Boel’s considerable talent, and experience could be a huge ratings grabber. Frankly almost anything is better than some of what passes for investigstive reporting nowadays in Louisville.

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