A Lifetime of Dedication to the Truth
November 20, 2014
Mike Deeson dedicates his life to making sure the government and politicians are doing their job.
Deeson, an investigative reporter for Channel 10 News, came to Robinson High School as part of the Great American Teach-in to speak to Jill Burns’s TV production classes about his job and the investigative stories he has uncovered.
“When I was in school I would always think to myself ‘I want to be an investigator, what does math have to do with that?’” said Deeson. “Now I have realized that the majority of stories I report on have to do with money.”
Kim Mitchel (’18) asked Deeson what his favorite story he reported on was.
Deeson responded saying, “I don’t have a favorite story, I get really excited on every story I work on.”
Deeson’s experienced everything from week long stake outs, interviews with every president since Gerald Ford, to having Starbucks with Bill Clinton.
“I hate stake outs,” Deeson said. “They are the most boring, horrible thing.”
Deeson once had to do a story on a sex offender and was in charge of getting a 10 second clip on him.
The stake out lasted a week.
Finally, Deeson’s events manager said that it was time to call it a quits and they would have to air the story without the clip.
“At 6 at night we finally got our 10 second shot of the sex offender.”
Deeson said it was exhausting waiting for the footage, but he didn’t want to give up and in the end he got what he wanted.
“Bill Clinton is a great guy,” Deeson said passionately, “he makes you feel important.”
Clinton had bought Deeson and his camera man lunch when his ‘inner reporter’ took over
“I had asked him a question and he respond back to me saying, ‘you know everything about me, do you mind if I ask you some questions?’
Deeson said he couldn’t turn him down and let Clinton ask away. And after a while Clinton made his way down the table asking everyone there questions.
“By the time he had finished asking everyone he came back to me and said to me, ‘earlier you had asked me something, do you mind me answering?’” said Deeson, “It was at that point I knew Bill was a great man. The most important person who had much bigger things to worry about remembered what little-old-me had asked him.”