Best News Anchor - 2008
We could also have called this one "Best News Anchor to Make Up for Previous Broadcasting Embarrassments." From 1990 to 1998, Haslam was Dr. Drive, the wacky morning weather-and-traffic reporter on the late, not-so-great Orange County NewsChannel. After that station's demise, he moved over to do the dreaded overnight traffic reporting on all-news radio station KNX 1070, where he got caught up in controversy in 2001. In between telling listeners how clogged the 405 was, Haslam shilled on-air for the crash-diet formula Body Solutions. In a Los Angeles Times story making the case that this potentially posed a conflict of interest, KNX played it off by saying station policy was that full-time news-anchorfolks could not endorse products, but that Haslam, then a per-diem worker, could. But a few months before the Federal Trade Commission sued Body Solutions maker Mark Nutritionals for hawking snake oil disguised as a diet supplement, Haslam's endorsements quietly went away. Fortunately, Haslam did not, as station management promoted him to news anchor, where he's done a solid job. The only pitches he makes now are for his senior-league baseball team, but don't step into the batter's box expecting to face a belly-itcher: Haslam pitched for the Cal State Fullerton Titans while working on his broadcast-journalism degree.