Friday, July 26, 2013

No Apologies: Confessions of a red headed reporter


This post was taken down because I was momentarily misguided about who I am and what I stand for. To clarify, I make no apologies for the following re-post. It's funny, satirical and will likely offend some of the more conservative folks. But it isn't fake and its a genuine look into my slightly twisted psyche. 

Here's the thing, I've vowed to always fight for the right of free expression. It's allowed, no matter what the profession. I pride myself in having earned the respect of many because I make no apologies for the truth and hold nothing back. I don't fight for things because they serve me, I fight for them because they are right. Sources trust me because I am an unadulterated version of the truth. I won't ever bend just because its popular to do so and I'm not bending now. 

This is my voice. Hope it makes you laugh. 

1. I've gone bra-less during a live broadcast and no one was the wiser. 

2. My best sources are the ones who secretly have a crush on me. 

3. I am better live when I have no script and no idea what I'm talking about. 

4. I've mastered the ability to contort my body into a position that makes me appear much skinner in front of the camera than I actually am. 

5. I hate the right side of my face. 

6. I'm frightened of old people and I refuse to do stories involving them or the places they reside. 

7. Happy, fluffy, rainbow stories about good things make me depressed. 

8. I've taken naps in the news car. 

9. If you ramble and I deem you unnecessary for my story, I'll stop recording but let you think otherwise. 

10. I've stolen mail and then put it back. (maybe) 

283 comments:

  1. Numbers one and ten, no. But hell yes to 3, 7, 8 and 9. And the rest of the blog!

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    1. Number one is offensive? Undergarments hardly matter. If you can get away with it in public with no one noticing, more power to ya.

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    2. Saying you are afraid of old people is like saying you are afraid of black people: very socially wrong. By the way, Shea Allen, you have ugly teeth. There, how does that feel?

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    3. I saw that you were fired for your ignorant comments. You are not brave, but need therapy and to talk to someone about these insecurities. How does your grandparents as well as other members of your family feel by how you feel about the Elderly. One day you will be Elderly, and what comes around goes around.

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    4. don't mind these negative comments. I am actually intrigued that young people as your self are trying to do more in news and reporting. I got your back and like drake said "shout out to the fact that I am the youngest n@#!A doing it". Is how you should feel. #newfan #knowthefeeling

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    5. I think you have gotten sucked into the social media world where it is ok to write everything you think. It is ok..if you don't value your job. You are setting a different standard for how we view news reporters. Maybe you need some more years to mature.

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    6. Elderly....really? The elderly have been where you are - they have an abundance of strength, wisdom & kindness; they should be cherished & valued.

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  2. Good for you. Only issue I have is the assumption that conservatives would be the ones offended! We fight against the political correctness being systematically imposed upon us every day! Good for you for standing up for free speech!

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    1. The quote was "the more conservative folks." Not "Conservatives". There was no political connection in this post at all.

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  3. Stealing mail is a crime. You may want to rethink your methods.

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    1. She just said she borrows it. And going braless should be mandatory for all network anchors. Believe me, I'd be the wiser ;)

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    2. Funny you mention crime. Look what I found. I'm not holding it against her but I found the irony hilarious. After all we're in confession mode aren't we?

      http://www.mugshotsworld.com/SHEA-MICHELLE-ALLEN

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    3. Aside from airing publicly that you "don't like" old people, which obviously puts you on the same level as a racist, you openly admitted to stealing or tampering with other people's mail, a federal crime. You are so full of yourself, you don't realize how dumb you really are. Go find some help.

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    4. Why do people have to be so NASTY? Karma, folks. The poison you put out there comes back to haunt you.

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  4. I don't understand anyone having an issue with someone going bra-less. There's no reason those annoying contraptions should be a requirement. :-)

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  5. You are frightened of old people??? You might want to consider therapy for that.
    You steal mail? Federal offense. I hope YOU get investigated.
    Not sure what you're standing up for, other than your "right" to be shallow and insipid. Yes, you have "free speech", but the TV station also has the right to decide who is or is not a good representative of their station.

    I hope "old people" everywhere surround you at every possible opportunity.

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    1. After reading her funny list, and your humorless response, I have to say that it is you who comes across as shallow and insipid, spouting off the same old PC-shit. No wonder young people like her are scared of oldies like you.

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    2. Don't let the door hit you noneya. It's a personal blog and I'm sure you are not perfect at all. Old people creep me out as well and get away with too much crap "because they are old" So take your judgement with you when you leave.

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    5. Really? Where did you get those words? The level of intelligence their use tends to represent obviously doesn't exist in this case....

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    6. Old people are scary, but you and others never stop to consider WHY she might be scared of them. Personally a major reason I fear them is because I worry (yes, probably irrationally) that they might fall over and die at any second and there would be nothing I could do about so I'd rather entirely avoid the situation.

      In addition, the "old" publicly insult the "young" all the time and keep their jobs. You don't hear most of us crying about it, learn to take what you give.

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    7. I am not old (yet), but will be there sooner than I want to, just like everyone else will. Time flies with increasing speed once we enter the young adult years. Unfortunately, you won't even realize that you became old until someone would refuse to do your story. :)
      I would try and face my fears.:) Old people also could be funny and interesting. Take Betty White, for example. She is anything, but scary.

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  6. On future resumes, you'll be able to take pride in the fact that you stood up for what you believed in, and you lost your job over it. It happened to me, too, years ago, and I recovered.

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    1. ...what she believed in? she's a narcissistic attention seeker who doesn't give a shit about journalism.

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  7. 1. I think going braless is so daring! In fact, my desk calendar is stuck on 1972!
    2. The only people who pretend to take me seriously as a reporter are the ones who think I'm pretty.
    3. Why bother with pesky fact-gathering and doing actual journalism when I can stand here and make shit up and get away with it?
    4. I think I'm fooling people by standing this way.
    5. I pretend to deprecate my own looks to seem more real. Really, I'm just fishing for compliments.
    6. I am deathly afraid of getting old.
    7. I can't stand when good things happen to other people.
    8. I sleep when I'm supposed to be working.
    9. You become boring when you stop finding me pretty.
    10. I am a felon.

    There, fixed it for you.

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    1. JD, you are AWESOME! I think I love you...lol

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    3. That is eight kinds of awesome.

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    4. J.D. this is the best reply you mind if I borrow it to share this post? You summed it up better than I ever could.

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    5. You are refreshingly honest and funny. Stay proud and strong

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    6. How refreshing... Denis Leary is back and has something to say. Try something original JD instead of the "I know you are, but what am I?" Were you gonna rip off any more of his material, or maybe move on to Dice Man?!

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    7. Accurate reporting, JD! Looks great!

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    8. More like.....

      1. "Since I'm wearing a shirt and likely a jacket, nobody can tell I'm bra-less, and since I thought getting the news on was more important than getting a bra on, I prioritized."

      2. "People who like me open up to me more than people who don't, especially men who find me attractive." (like me)

      3. "I do a better job of talking about the news rather than reading it off a script or teleprompter. You know, like being smart can do for you."

      4. "The camera may add 20 pounds, but I know how to take it right back off."

      5. "I'm self-conscious about how I look in certain camera angles, just like normal people."

      6. "I'm frightened of growing old, which is nothing like racism unless you think old people cease being human and become another race." (Seriously? This is one of the dumbest objections you people had to this blog. Get a life and go stir up crap with Sharpton.)

      7. "Fluffy rainbow stories depress me (not anger me) because I feel it's a) a waste of time when more important stories are out there, and b) many of the stories are just about some chump who got lucky when there are plenty of people who deserve and need that luck."

      8. "I get tired. SUE ME."

      9. "If you ramble and aren't necessary for my story, I won't be rude and tell you to shut your trap."

      10. "I've looked at other peoples' mail, which is something everyone does when the wrong mail comes to their houses. I put the mail back where I got it. Most people just throw it in the trash."

      Seriously, JD, grow up. The way you broke down her "CONFESSIONS" (a word indicating she believed what she did was somewhat wrong) like a cynical old fart with nothing better to do than put words in peoples' mouths. And your post is only mildly amusing at best and only to other hateful old farts with nothing better to do.

      And all you people who thought it was funny are just the same. Hateful old farts.

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    9. Oh, so sorry, JD. Your pics of cats are way more compelling and informative than Ms. Allen's blog. My apologies. You take pictures of your cat's tongue for the masses. Now THAT is what this country needs more of.

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  8. Kudo's to you. Stay brilliant and awesomely hot. Let them eat cake.

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    1. She'll be lucky if she has "cake" after being unemployed for a while...

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  10. Shea, I found your story online and am APPALLED by how the station treated you!!! I'm a former journalist and a social media-ite, and that absolutely kills me. Your personal life is your own, and it shouldn't affect your career. I've always blogged sans my last name and kept it from being Google indexed for this very reason, and I always thought I was being overly wary. Ridiculous. After all, it's not like you were posting drunken escapades or something that would tarnish the station's reputation. Like you told them, ANY journalist worth his or her salt can appreciate taking a nap in the car between stories while working a marathon day! Goodness knows I did it all the time - deadline day was also City Council day, and I worked from 8 a.m. until midnight frequently, considering it lucky if I could squeeze in a 20-minute nap before strolling into City Hall. And yes, having some personal chemistry with sources makes the job a lot easier and more fun.

    Anyway... for what it's worth, I think this list is fabulous and that your former employers were completely out of line. I hope that you find a great gig where sense of humor is appreciated! Best of luck to you!

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    1. Christa, you condone stealing the mail? What other federal crimes do you like to commit?

      This Shea Allen isn't as cheeky as she likes to think. She's young and dumb and got the swift kick in the pants she deserved. Don't express every thought you have and stop stealing people's goddamn mail.

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    2. wow... trike really needs some Xanax. It was a joke, outty... chillax!

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    3. Trike is right. Shea, popularity seemed to go to your head. Not everyone thinks as highly of you as you do. You're only golden if you play by your employers rules. They have those "Old" people are just people trapped in old bodies. They are beautiful, and sometimes ornery souls depending on who you meet and talk with. They are still fun loving, but finally submitted to the limitations of a frail frame. My own mother is 73 and wins marathons for people in her age group. If you don't understand age, then you will be one of those people that are constantly getting face work done. If your employer didn't like your looks, they would not have hired you for an anchor position.

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    4. Let's see, she got fired, well when you express you true feelings which to paraphrase, " I don't really give a crap about my profession". I find being a journalist a huge joke, guess what, you are not going to keep your job too long.
      To all the folks who find old people creepy, keep looking in the mirror, if your lucky, one day a creepy person will be looking back :-0

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    5. You're confusing "sense of humor" with "no class whatsoever." Hope not all female reporters are this ignorant.

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    6. Trike, of COURSE I don't condone that!!! It's a federal offense, and when I read the list, I read it like she was joking. If she seriously did that, then that's HORRIBLE! And I don't agree with the entire list, either. I spent a lot of time in a care center with my grandma before she passed away, and it's sad to see people who have lived vibrant, full lives be swept under the cultural rug.

      But even so, I don't think Shea deserved to be fired for what she posted. Have a sense of humor, people!!!

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  11. Good for you! I commend you for your honesty and for being true to yourself!

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  12. As a "radical right winger" tea-party conservative, I think your post is fantastic! Very entertaining. Station made a big mistake. Now, go and be more famous at a bigger, better station (network?)!!

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  13. it's funny but people that reporters are just writers they're just artists, they're all just jeff koons,they're designed to sell an ideology or a product alabama is fun!

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  14. You have the right my dear to say anything you like (1st amendment right) But you don't have a right to stop the consequences of your words. You admitted to s federal crime, sleeping on the job (stealing from your employer) , and hating a large demographic of your employer.You had the right to say it and they have the right to fire you for your statements. Rights are for everyone not just the person with a voice. Good luck in your future I do pray you learn from your mistake and become even more successful in your future.

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    1. In addition I will say that I believe firing was a little extreme but a quiet suspension or some sort of penalty would have been appropriate. When you post as yourself and are a public figure representing a public company what you say and do also effects your employer. This was small potatoes so firing was ridiculous but we don't have both sides of the story and what was actually said in that meeting now do we.

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    2. I guess the bottom line for me here is...

      Just because you CAN say whatever you want in this country, does not mean that you should!

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  15. I'm over 50 and you may be afraid of me :) but termination did seem a bit harsh. I immediately compared it to the Rhonda Lee story (the meteorologist who lost a job because she replied to a viewer who didn't like her hairstyle).

    Good luck in whatever you do.

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  16. Congrats! You've found a way out of a job you are ambivalent about, while preserving your ego. You are a victim of injustice, a martyr!

    Wasn't sure your narcissism would survive intact, but it always finds a way, doesn't it?

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  17. Never thought you'd be the poster child for TMI did you? I Bet your FB feed has the same kind of very stupid kinds of revelations. You violated the 1st commandment of journalism; don't make the story about you.

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  18. lol, what a pretentious, insecure little bitch. good luck with that in life....

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    1. ....but hey, i'll give you this much. you wanted the attention, and now you got it.

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    2. No. 9 was actually pretty funny.

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  19. Wow- can't believe this is getting so much global attention. Good on you for standing up for what is right but there is nothing in your list that is overly shocking and worth firing you for.
    1. Sometimes I dont wear underwear and its liberating,
    2. I pick my nose (sometimes)

    B from australia...

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    1. Mail theft is pretty damn bad - something she could see jail time for. I think she should be considering help if she's finding it hard to stop.

      I really don't see a problem with the others though. She'll find out soon enough that she's also going to get old, but who really gives a crap if she naps in the car or doesn't wear a bra? She's probably on a salary so it's not like she's sleeping when she's on the clock supposed to be recording and if you ace it first try do you just keep re-filming stuff "just because"?

      Lady, you need help with the theft thing and maybe consider some counseling to deal with your age problems. I won't pretend I'm without my own faults, but you will end up in a bad situation if it continues. You'll get another job though, I'm sure.

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    2. "standing up for what is right"? Insulting older people? Oh yeah, everyone over 40 gets a kick out of that. Stealing other folk's mail? Oh yeah, it's protected by the Constitution isn't it?

      I'm amazed at the nuts on here pretending what she did was fine. No employer would tolerate it. Maybe a suspension would have been in order but there may have been previous issues...

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  20. I'm glad to see more and more of these attention whores getting fired for being stupid narcissists.

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    1. I'm glad to see more of these attention getting whore trolls being stupid narcissists. Glass house.

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  21. Mad Props, keep up the good work. Free and independent blogging is what makes the internet worth coming to. Why bend to the advertiser standard?

    Loved the read, keep it up.

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  22. Well I thought this story was just delightful. Good luck... and dollars to donuts this will turn out well for you!

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  23. I'm a big believe in radical honesty. You were honest. There is nothing here that is hateful. Maybe other people play the game that way, but it's just so much less than genuine. If your "brand" is being genuine and true to yourself, then do that.

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  24. I've never heard of you until today, but I'll be following to see where you take your career. Old school journalists were never afraid to blow off political correctness or be honest. Today's big media is more an advertising company than anything worth reading or listening too. I look forward to watching you move on in your career. I hope you don't let them get you down. You are a great writer from what all I've seen so far. Most reporters don't get anywhere anymore if they just do the norm. Your famous now! :)

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  25. The first amendment protects you from the government - not the consequences of what you are free to say. They had every right to fire you because you DID make the station look bad. But I'm sure there's someone out there who will work well with your "slightly twisted psyche." Good luck to you.

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  26. Afraid of "old people?!" It is amazing how quickly "young people" become "old people," comparatively speaking. I'm old; but, I was young just yesterday. When I'm really bored, I sometimes spend hours comparing photos of people from my past to how they look today. Wow!... amazing what a few years will do. What in the world? How did it happen?! Why did it happen?! Enjoy your youth. And, respect the old folks. They were just like you only yesterday. Many old people, such as myself, are sad, hiding from the world in a quiet and lonely room, deeply ashamed of the physical transformation that comes with being old. I'm just like you, but stuck in an old person's body. Can you imagine how that must feel?

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  27. Wow. Why is it that young females nowadays think it makes them cute to show how vapid and shallow they are instead of strong and intelligent? What a shame you'll probably end up at titty bar serving draft beers bc you stuck up for your right to express your um...what? Your distaste of old people?

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  28. Support your stream of consciousness post, but I'm sure you realize it's not a career booster.

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  29. I really think some of the guys that have commented here really need to get over themselves. What I read was a tongue in cheek checklist. One person commented about 'reporting' about herself, well no she didn't this is a blog, quite different. Someone else said that she should be ashamed of herself, why? All she has done has written a satirical blog about her journalistic day. I don't hold much credence to a couple of the points, I think she threw them in there for a joke. But really most of you need to get the pole out of your backsides and lighten up a little. I have no idea why this girl was fired, she didn't put the station down, she didn't implicate any one person in a negative way...and I am quite amazed that this story happened to be top story on our news page today in Australia!

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    1. The gay police gonna git you for that pole /backside slur. LOL!

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    2. well they can bite me....i am not homophobic at all in fact I have a gay son...and he laughs when I say that line and then makes his own joke. Anyway the pole up the backside line is more about rigid anal pompous assholes that need to lighten up! :D

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  30. Next you should do a blog on how it feels to be unemployed. And after about 6 months of failing to find a job, one on how it feels to be unemployable. Some life lessons after they are learned can't be used to fix the mistake that let you learn them.

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  31. Didn't wear a bra & nobody noticed.....er was that because the studio wasn't chilly that day or they're so big n firm or you're flat a s a board? Please elaborate...like a reporter!

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    1. Did some journalistic investigating and after looking at your twitter pic#45, I can report that its a combination of all 3 options!

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  32. I can’t believe you are surprised, shocked, or offended when under your pic on this blog reads, “Shea Allen is a special investigations reporter currently employed by the ABC affiliate in Huntsville, AL." 32% of Huntsville residents are over 50. 25% are under 20 and not likely regular TV news viewers, (more likely web,) and not likely to spend money with the sponsors. Any future employer will struggle hiring a journalist who doesn't know their demographic. You insulted a large portion of the likely viewers. You put yourself out there on a blog with the intent strangers would read it and identified your employer. Anyone (fan or not) would have found this with a Google search. It sounds like you need to explore what you really want to do.

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  33. Honesty is not all its cracked up to be.
    All the pissy comments are from pissy people. This too shall pass.

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  34. Shea, All this stuff was innocent and certainly wasn't grounds for firing. This leads me to think that there may have been some other reason.

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    1. Brett, no, all this stuff most definitely was not innocent. Did you not read Ray3's comment above? There is such a thing as professionalism and most if not all employers will tend to take it seriously. This is not about free speech, this is about showing your ass in public while identifying your employer. This is about sheer stupidity. This poor little narcissist should have done an anonymous blog and not named the station she worked for. That would have worked out much better for her. But she wanted the attention, and she got it. I would have fired her ass immediately and with extreme prejudice. She got what she deserved end of story. I hope she made herself a pariah in her field because I really do think she is ill-suited for journalism and makes her profession look bad. I think the titty bar comment from Laura above is right on.

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    2. Anyone who has worked in the public in the past 20 years knows what the rules are. Free speech? Please! No such thing in a position that she had- and then posting her ideas on a public blog? People have been fired for much less. Next time use some common sense before posting your thoughts.

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  37. Stay strong !! More people are in your corner than the few loudmouths that don't have a clue about real life yet hide behind a keyboard and moniker.

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  38. Here sweetheart,
    Let me help you put things in it's proper prospective

    1. The foolish thought that you think that just it's YOUR personal private blog doesn't mean it's not gonna be seen. How arrogant are you to think otherwise?

    2.You're basically a thief because stealing mail and sleeping in the company vehicle on their time is considered malfeasance of station resources, again, grounds for dismissal. People have been fired for stealing less.

    3. Refusing to do stories involving the elderly is hateful and disrespectful it's makes me wonder what you'll be like when you get old and and let's not forget that you've covered a story without doing the proper research beforehand and made stuff up. Again that makes you a thief because you did not do what is required because you took a salary and benefits that you didn't earn under false pretenses.

    4.You a user you use people whom you claim to have a crush on you just to get a story. People don't like being humiliated. Ask any stalker.

    5.Going bra-less may have seemed funny to you and but your attitude about how you think you got away with it makes you arrogant and narcissistic as well as your over concern about your body image. There's a certain mayoral candidate in NY that shares your same attitude and look what it's gotten him.

    In closing I live in a small 1 horse town and the nearest TV station is 30 miles from me. Reporters and anchors come and go there every few years, and why because it's the bottom. I think you'll love it here, lots of old folks for you to be scared of. Of course you have an alternative perhaps you should practice. "Do you want fries with that?"

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    1. Congratulations, fastwheels... it only took three tries to put up a semi-coherent post. Did your mommy read the first two and correct thm for you?

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    2. sadly, this blog is a commentary of a lot of self-centered people of this generation. Someone messed up raising these kids to believe they are the greatest thing that ever walked the earth. This is only one of a long line of wake up calls for this one.

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    3. "Proper" perspective? Don't make me laugh. How would you know "proper?" You're admittedly a hermit.

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  39. You go girl...Only thing don't hesitate on interviewing older adults. I am 60 and do I have a story to tell!!! I could write a book. You can get lots of info from someone who's been around awhile. Braless..no biggie..done that many times. Sleeping in a co car. So what?? Tell them to take you in when you've dealt drugs or involved in a shooting. In my book you are pretty innocent.. :)

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  40. Stupid station that fired you!
    Stand on principle and don't back down.
    You go girl!

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  41. It's pretty hilarious that Glenn Beck, of all people, seems to be on your side. You'd think that xtian conservatives would get all freaked out.

    Personally, I think whoever is "editing" The Blaze is subverting the website.

    I'm glad you put this post back up. As a satirist, you can't care about what others think.

    Good luck.

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    1. Interesting...

      You resolved your cognitive dissonance by deciding that a subversive element withing Beck's organization was secretly doing things that management didn't approve of.

      I'm curious...
      Did it occur to you that you might need to reexamine your underlying premise?

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  42. Some will tell you that you are courageous. Some will say that you don't deserve to be fired for what you do in your personal life. Some will argue freedom of speech. And some, of course, will just tear you down for any reason. But wow... that was dumb. You should have known better, and you probably deserve whatever the final outcome is - good or bad.

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  43. I see you have a ton of people who want to come and post their views on your life. You should be able to post on your blog without everyone getting hurt about it and taking it personal. America is getting weak and everyone wants to get involved in everyone's business. Stay beautiful and don't let people try to change you.

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  44. Am I the only one who has a sudden urge to know in WHICH live broadcasts she was bra-less?

    Not that I would do anything as crude as try to look them up on YouTube of course.

    Because that would be wrong.

    Er...
    Trust me?

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  45. Someone your former management chain is really stuck up. I just don't understand why anyone would be offended by a personal blog of this nature. I'm older and a Christian and it didn't cross my mind that you had done something wrong, much less to be fired over.
    I'm sorry you are a victim of the current NEWSPEAK that monitors our words. This is more a sad story of how far our country has devolved than it is about you. I hope things work out for you in the future. Keep trying!

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  47. Hi there, My name is Katie Mazzolo. I am a TV producer for Australia's number one breakfast show called 'Sunrise'. We would love to interview you on our show. Please email me kmazzolo@seven.com.au
    Thanks

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  48. Pretty revealing stuff...NOT! Good for you, reporter and human being. I often wonder how high-visibility professionals can possibly participate in all the potential that the internet offers since they're so vulnerable as corporate "representatives". Every individual should be able to deliver as much sarcasm, vanity and repartee as any popular comedian or unknown Jill Schmill. BTW, if that's your true right side, then it is actually better than your left. Just FYI.

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  49. Getting canned for blogging when you're working in the news department is so 2006. Happened to me then and it'll probably happen again. Pull yourself up by the boot-straps and keep moving forward.

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  50. This is why the news sucks and nobody watches anymore. Not because a reporter admits to going braless but because the media overreact to trivialities. I am sorry you lost your job because of how it impacts you financially. But screw them. This is one of the most ridiculous stories I've heard lately. People need to lighten up. Everyone is so busy worrying about bullshit.

    I hope nothing but success for you, Ms. Allen.

    Sincerely,

    Richard Williams

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  51. hi, i have a crush on you, carry on with what youre doiing, ogh yes im from belgium..............
    good luck ;-)

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  52. When being honest gets journalists fired, the journalist is not the only one with a problem. Qudos to you, and good luck from New Zealand.

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  54. Listen, I think Shea's post is great. Why? Because there comes a time in our lives when we stop giving a crap about what others think of us and we start caring more about what we think of ourselves. There comes a time in our lives where we just say what we think and we stand by it.

    As a fortysomething writer, I can't tell you how liberating it is to just express myself without worrying about what others think. It brings me a great sense of peace and self-satisfaction and I'm sure it does for Shea too.

    Shea! I totally understand why you did it and why you don't apologize for it. NEVER apologize for being just being you! Rock on!

    Jess :)

    http://facebook.com/ReleaseTheClackum
    http://ReleaseTheClackum.blogspot.com

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  55. LIke many people, I also don't think you did anything wrong!

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  56. Their loss will be someone else's gain!!! I thought it was funny! Hang in there!

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  57. well. goodbye career... freedom of speech is an illusion when you have such a high profile job... If you were any kind of reporter, I would think you would already know that. Good luck to you, though.

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  58. As long as they have "personality," going bra-less is a definite plus in my book!

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  59. I've worked in a few newsrooms. These confessions barely touch on what happens in there. When you get tons of fairly young adults working together at odd hours, the fun ensues. People are overreacting with a lot of these points. She didn't even confess to having a secret alcohol stash! I've stumbled upon hidden bourbon and beer more than a few times at some of my jobs. Basically, people need to lighten up. Your average upstanding reporter is usually hitting the bar after they finish the 11:00 news.

    I will add, though, that this should have just been published anonymously. It's not that shocking that she was fired for this.

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  60. I'm sorry you got fired for this. It is funny and witty. I am a full time mother and part time blogger, and sometimes I feel like I have to pull back so much. People get offended for EVERYTHING nowadays. Something else will come along soon. Good luck!

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  61. I'm so sorry you're afraid of old people. Whatever are you going to do when you are one?

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  62. You haven't done anything illegal since this is your own personal opinions and feelings. But, to the readers who may be seniors or approaching the age that you say you 'fear' you are seen for what you are. A narcissist woman who is so self-centered she feels the world would stop rotating if she wasn't on the planet. My generation invented going bra-less even though they might be jailed for it. That's real guts honey. So you feel that mastering the ability to contort your body into a position to make it much thinner in front of a camera is something to brag about? Try raising 4 children while working 2 jobs and trying to keep standing upright without passing out from fatigue. Little girl, you have a long road ahead of you to adulthood. Oh and a newsflash for the newsgirl.....with any luck, you will be old one day and hopefully by that time, attitudes like yours will be different and there will be some respect for people of that age you'll be.

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    1. You are correct YourConscience. This young woman has a lot to learn. Isn't it disturbing she didn't even realize that what she wrote could have consequences? Shocking, really. Shea, you're not a reporter - you're a televised blogger.

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    2. You said it all. The level of self satisfaction and narcisissm is stratospheric with this one.

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  63. You should consider putting some google adsense ads on your site so you can get a little bit of pay for all of the clicks to your site.

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  64. The truth doesn't have versions. You're welcome.

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  65. no reason for firing her !...or where is the free expression on this country ..or is it that is only acceptable when is convenient for some one ?

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  66. Also, anyone notice that she's removed comments? So much for that freedom of expression she's fighting for!

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  67. Let me get this straight...you were fired for honesty which is what journalism claims to uphold? Clearly, you have not lost your way and will continue to be candid, funny, engaging, and bright. I try to keep the conversation honest myself, enjoy my blog if you care to- www.garyhasissues.com

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  68. I've gone bra-less my entire life and never once got hassled about it.

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  69. An "unadulterated" truth doesn't exist. We all see the world through our experiences, education, values, etc. How very sad that yours have taken you to a place where you fear old people--and fail to recognize that bias as a problem.

    Freedom of expression is one thing, ageism (racism, sexism, etc.) is another. My hope is that your employer let you go because your comments about old people are just as offensive as any racial slur, any discrimination based on sexual orientation, any opportunity or benefit denied because of gender, or any profiling based on religion or ethnicity. You comments aren't just offensive, they're shameful--not satirical and definitely not funny--even for the liberal that I am.

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  70. Shea, I would have to agree with the comments of YourConscience and Green Rider, there are many things that you will learn along the road to maturity. There are many things that Social Media can be though being a place where you can be honest and forthright soul bearing is not one of them. George Orwell was right when he wrote 1984 so many years ago, he just got the timing wrong.

    I would suggest that you read Emerson's essays again and spend more time reflecting on what he wrote.

    The path to enlightenment is long and hard and full of pitfalls, but if we prepare ourselves by availing ourselves of all the tools we can find, it makes us worthy of the journey.

    And the most important point you can make in life is by expressing the positive things you find in each day. There is no news story that is about nothing, it is always about something. If we don't see it, we aren't looking hard enough.

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  71. She said happy stories make her depressed. I bet she was jumping for joy when 9/11 and the Boston bombings happened

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  72. Yes, you should have been fired. This is not a private blog, but a public blog. You did not merely say things that some people might not agree with or might not like, but things that reveal that you fundamentally lack both any morals whatever, and a fundamental ability to care about another human being.

    I myself have not worn a bra in 40 years. To me bras are a serious political issue. To you, the reason to not wear a bra is to be sexually naughty. You wrote above that you were flagrantly sexually naughty on the 6:00 news; and you yourself have no appreciation of what could be wrong with that.

    Your statements about hating/ fearing (no distinction in the large sense) old people, and being bored by your worthless, underpaid assignment, both communicate that you don't care about other people even the way an animal would.

    A fundamental sense of right and wrong and passionate caring, about people and about issues, are fundamental to the role of a TV news reporter. I'm sure plenty of reporters fake these traits, but you broadcast the fact that you aren't even human! What is more, we don't want people role modeling sexual amorality on the 6:00 news.

    Now, the REALLY scary thing is that yours is the social media culture; an entire generation seemingly being raised with no morality and no fundamental ability to care about other people, and most often, I'll give you not in your case, not the ability to write standard English either. Hardly all young people; in fact, most of the people I've seen blasting you online are young people. But something is drastically wrong, and yours is the sort of place where it stops.

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    1. Of all topics you go after boobs, first? Okay, yeah, that's why I'm here too, but that's another story.

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  73. Being honest, sarcastic, and funny are not faults. Ignore the naysayers and keep going. I read the story about what happened and found nothing wrong with what you posted. Keep pouring your thoughts out and keep your head up. I do think that your former employers have made a mistake in taking an open and honest reporter and using your words to show that media is full of people who cannot laugh or reward free thought. Good luck and I hope you go on to bigger and better things.

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  74. I like it because it freedom of speech.. I look forward to your rocket back to the top. @japantheartist

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  75. Sorry to hear you lost your right to free speech. After the smoke clears and everything calms down, I would like to take a moment to discuss how we might be able to work together toward something much greater than reporting boring stories and getting paid more (much more) than even the CEO at your old tv station.

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  76. You are gorgeous and very talented. If you ever wanna date a smart, cute, funny, adventurous, Afro-ameri tomboy, im here =)

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    1. You're not gonna get in her pants so give it up- and the same applies to the other guys on her sticking up for her stupid actions.

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  77. Shea, how old does somebody have to be before you become frightened ? I'm 60, do I qualify ?

    As far as going bra-less, YOU GO GIRL !

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  78. Hang in there! In this day where our lives are under the microscope of everyone (whether we choose it or not), your confessions about who you are are, if anything, a testament to your willingness to confront the imperfections that make us human. You have my support and admiration.

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  79. Reporter acts like human being off the job; has acid, funny as hell sense of humor, gets fired from job.

    No Film at 11, sadly. The world needs more humans reporting the news.

    Keep being one. Things being what they are, being human on the air is bound to come back into style eventually.

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  80. I can, like, totally see why you hate the right side of your face. It's so ga-ross. SMH, OMG....

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  81. I say BRAVO to you. Shea, you are bold and should stay that way. I have my own blog and have had issues in the past as well.

    Don't ever change for anyone else. KEEP IT GOING GIRL!!! :):):)
    my blog: chaiawrites.blogspot.com :)

    Hope you can get back on tv, too ;-)

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  82. Your firing was caused by you so I have no sympathy for you, since I got fired as a school bus driver due to a mother filing a lawsuit and me being used as there fall guy only, not because I was stupid and reposted something publicly that the news channel whom I worked for let me know first that they found it offensive, and all you had to do was not repost the blog to keep your job. So when you are used as a fall guy like I was then you have the right to complain, my termination to this day was the biggest shock of my life, I had nothing to do with my wrongful termination so I have no sympathy for you grow up and learn that your actions have consequences in life and yes you do have free speech but after being asked to remove the blog from your job you should have complied you would still have a job wow it must be nice to have choices cause I surely wasn't given them when I was so wrongfully terminated, hope you learn something from this and grow up.

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  83. ~~Shea,

    I love your honesty. but...O, my, some of these comments are Soooo freaking mean.

    This is your private blog, why should they give a shit?

    Ps. you should apply to Entertainment Tonight!

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    1. This blog is public, it's accessible to anyone on the planet. When social media is public it's also open to public scrutiny. It's a dice toss as to whether or not a person chooses to publicly open up themselves to all that care to read and respond to.

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    2. With any luck she'll get a gig on the over night shopping channel. PS, this is a public forum so she has invited comments- good or bad.

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    3. Shea's patronizing, arrogant, condescending attitude is insulting and is what's mean. We are just reacting to her initial insult. If you can't stomach seeing how the sausage is made, don't go in the kitchen.

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  84. Hmm. I'm with you except for #10. At worst a federal crime, or possible invasion of privacy lawsuit. The '(maybe)' clearly means that you have done it, and are covering your butt. From the networks perspective this publicly calls into question your professional ethics. I just assumed that most reporters would do it if they wanted the info bad enough, but I also assumed they wouldn't announce it on the internet. It's a game you have to play.

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  85. If I were you, I would be inclined to send a letter of deep appreciation to your former employer for paying you a good salary to go bra-less during a live broadcast without their knowledge. I'd say thank you to them for allowing you to refuse to do any story either about or with 'old people. I'd say thank you to them for not reporting you for stealing U.S. mail from people. I'd thank them for allowing you the luxury of napping in the company vehicle. I'd say thank you to them for forgiving you for not being prepared ahead of time in the reporting of stories. They've paid your rent, your food, yes... even your hair dye and nail polish all that time. Wasn't that nice of them to do that?! Give them a big thanks for all they've given to you and be thankful that no one has pressed any charges against you for mail theft. This gives yet another new dimension to the expression 'biting the hand that feeds you'.

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      I agree whole-heartedly. It amazes me that, at a time when unemployment is so high, people are being applauded for throwing away their jobs over childish pettiness. Imagine a poor, nobody like me quitting her job because my boss won't allow me to be braless at work, steal his mail, and talk poorly of my job on a social networking site. Haha. Some of us HAVE to rely on our income.

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  86. There is nothing more attractive than a woman who frees her mind, body, and soul. And is confident enough not to worry about what others think about them.

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  87. You are "afraid of old people"? lady, I'm afraid of people like you who are so shallow & egotistical that they brag openly of stealing mail and other childish pranks. I normally hate seeing anyone lose their job but you deserved this one. By the way, to a six-year old you're "old"....

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  88. 5 years ago, I met a man at a protest rally that we each attended to protest the rising cost of healthcare at a national chain of hospitals. He had worked for one of the chain hospitals and was fired for having a blog which only commented on his political thoughts. It was not a publicly advertised. I told him that I thought this was quite unfair and discriminatory. Additionally, I told him of a job opening at my government hospital. He applied for, and took the job. Last year, he won Nurse of the Year for the government hospital system. Seems that a blog may lead to other opportunities besides unemployment. :)

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  89. No one is perfect. Everyone is insecure about something. While I don't feel the need to confess any of my issues on a public forum, I can't knock you for doing so. I certainly see no reason for you to be fired over it, so long as you were doing your job well. What you do on your own time (within reason), is your business.

    Ok, I will confess to opening mail addressed to my wife.... I guess technically, that is stealing mail.

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  90. what were you doing in Canton? we call that Methopotamia around here. I stay out of that county, y'know?

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  91. I feel bad for you having a fear of old people cause I know in my life I have learned so much from old people I really hope you don't fear your own parents then also grow up and learn from people whom have already had the experience in there life it just might make you a better smarter reporter person hope you do move on to better things though and that this wil become a learning experience for you though

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  92. This is so silly in 2013. Life is to short just be yourself. Besides you are really cute!

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  93. LOL! Good for you! Stick to your guns, because, well, they are YOUR guns. And YOUR opinion. And YOUR rights. Remember, where the Lord closes a door, somewhere he opens a window. This could be your window.

    Good Luck!

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  94. I enjoyed the post and think more highly of you for it. Shame on the station for not seeing its beauty and attraction to viewers.

    My suggestion to you: Always have a good contract, individual contract or union contract. Reporters and truth tellers need the protection it affords.

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  95. I go braless all the time, and nobody notices. Of course, I'm 71, and a totally terrifying person. I am also invisible and find it liberating. I could go grocery shopping in PJ's and no one would notice.

    Note to Shea: Someday, you too will become invisible. Yo0ur cute red hair will turn an icky shade of gray and if you try to dye it, the grow-out will be horrid. Hopefully you will have learned a few things about life well before this happens. And it will.

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  96. What!! are you haters stoopid or what? she didnt say she "HATES OLD PEOPLE"?!! she said she's afraid of them.... whats wrong with that? one commenter compares old people to black people? how is that even comparable. everyone will get old, but not everyone gets black!!
    Anyway, she clearly was fired for stealing mail. Thats just wrong.

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  97. Alabama is ridicules about simple matters. I support your blog and I support you.. I believe that the job has no place in my personal life and need to find the way out of peoples life.. After I clock out I should have the liberty to say what I like and how I want to..
    Even if it may seem offensive to other we are a nation of different personality and different morals.

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  98. You must know the guidelines of being a good employee of the network. If you wanted to keep your job that is your first obligation....live and learn

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  99. It's nice to see some personality in today's politically correct society of pussy cats.

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  100. I think you might be a tad too honest and intelligent for the work you have been doing. I really like the blog.

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  101. What a shame when freedom of speech gets punished. Hold strong. I'm sure God just has bigger things in store for you! Keep being you!

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    1. Hopefully His bigger things don't involve aiding the elderly. We all know she won't do that. (Does God strongly advocate for those who steal mail & revel in secretly being braless?) - Not judging, just inquiring.

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  102. I think WAAY should rethink their position. Creativity is in demand and they can't see the forrest for the trees...
    Awesome blog...keep it up
    Stream-of-conscience.......

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  103. You have every right to say you don't like old people. Please don't swallow the PC crap that it's like being racist. Further more you have every right to not like white people, black people, or ANY dislike you choose. I'm getting fed up with the "thought police".

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  104. After reading your story, I have a serious crush on you and would be honored to be one of your sources of information. Please do not be alarmed, I am not a stalker, but just an average guy who admires your strength and resolve. I am willing to bet that you will receive tons of job offers by weeks end.

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  105. Shea next time use a fake name to avoid all this idiots giving you a hard time. Next time to get people attention instead of doing a broadcast bra-less do it topless am sure you will have plenty of people looking and talking..Good luck

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  106. This is merely an opinion, so please take it as that and nothing more: A grown woman working in an adult career field should be wise enough to understand the possible repercussions for posting work-related material on a social media site. Though her employers could have broached the subject with her prior to firing her, please, let's not act as though she were crucified. She, on some level, had to be aware of the possible consequences. Now she has to live with them. Congratulations, Shea. You have more fame now than you ever would have had as a no-name journalist.

    Unrelated to what I said before, I would think somebody who works so closely to other humans would have more tolerance for different individuals. You are going to be old someday, Shea. Remember your comments when you are old (should you be lucky enough, remember, there are many that get their lives ripped away at an early age). There will be close-minded people like you, who are also rude to the elderly, and they will make you feel just as bad about yourself as you did to all the elderly that may have read this. (Don't blame my opinion on my elderly status, I'm the ripe old age of 20). Again, these are all opinions. I don't care if you share it, I'm just putting it out there.

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  107. You know what's sad? So many of these people obviously expect you to be an automaton READING the news and looking pretty. They don't want you to be a human. They hate their own lives and despise anything good, true and honest that comes from someone else. In their minds, they are perfect and you are flawed. Flawed because you're human. These are the people who try to get laws passed banning things that bother them. No one is making them read this blog. They are doing so just so they can talk smack about you. You're brilliant, beautiful, witty, sarcastic, and successful. They hate that. They want you to be fake and miserable just like them.

    Keep it up, Shea. It sucks you were fired by this small news outlet, but with what you have going for you, it's just the beginning of something much greater. Good luck! :)

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    1. Sorry, you are way off base, Jason. People don't support her because she is ignorant, shallow, narcissistic and lacks all semblance of class.

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    2. Yeah, and you've taken time out of your day to read and comment about your issues with her. Thank you for proving my point. Who's narcissistic?

      If you have an issue, forget about her. If you call yourself Christian, forgive her.

      Either way, move on. Nothing for you here. You're pouring derision on her out of hate and spite. Why troll her when she's done nothing to you?

      Quit being a hateful old fart.

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  108. Look at all these lame ass neighsayers. Lighten the fuck up, Alabama.

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  109. I am a fan now. You were fired for being clever . . . and for having a voice. Tragically hilarious. On a smaller stage, I took heat for blogging about incompetence and stupid behavior at a college I taught at. I deleted the "scandalous" entries and I wish I could get them back! Thank you for speaking. Carry on!.


    Cheers to you,
    Joyce Fleming: www.unchainedprofessorette@blogspot.com

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  110. You were not hired for having a brain, which you lack. You also were fired for the same reason.

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  111. Lady, you are ignorant, shallow, narcisstic over nothing, and you have no class. Kudos to the company that fired you. The trash you posted reflects who you are.

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  112. I went to college for radio/tv communication and remember very well talking about free speech in comm law. Since you are a public figure representing a news company, speech isn't so free! YOu should have known this from comm law also... This was the first thing we talked about, blogging on-line while being a public figure! It sounds like you made a huge mistake here.. If I had to bet though, they fired you for poor taste and just being a shallow person!

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  113. She is most proud (based on her rankings) of making herself into pornography in front of the camera and then lies and pretends no one noticed (which if that were remotely true she wouldn't have done it). No Shea, people noticed and you're a sad woman for needing to become pornography for the masses so you can feel powerful. When a man doesn't want to keep a woman and marry her, she gives herself to the masses to get back at him and for temporary fun. Furthermore Shea, you degrade yourself when you talk like a guy, act like a guy, which is pretty sad because you're not a guy.

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  114. Of course she has freedom of speech. She also has freedom to be fired. The usual procedure for making confessions or revealing comments of this nature publicly is to first *retire*, so that there's not a damn thing your employer can do to punish you for it. This was not an intelligent move on her part, and while I don't think she should be banned from the profession for life I DO think getting canned is a good reminder to others that just because it is easy for one person to tell funny things about herself to millions of people doesn't mean she should.

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  115. If we live to be 1000, "local TV news" operations will never want talking heads who are "real".

    Your biggest crime is that you're a Star, in the wrong career area. Here's a thought: get an agent, and get "The View" gig!

    You have a magnificent future, doing something of note. You just haven't fallen into it yet. But for God's sake, don't judge yourself by your inability to please the gods of the American Morality and Conventional Wisdom Dispensing Machine. All of the actors in your former career description are vapid, interchangeable voidoids, and I'm pretty sure that's not your life goal.

    p.s... I'm "old". So [swat!], and now that you've had your lesson (I bet you enjoyed it... care for another? [g]), go out and leave Huntsville, Cousinhumpingbama and its version of "local TV news" in your rear view. That is all.

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  116. It's astounding to see how many people have gone so far out of their way to express their disgust. It speaks volumes about them. Small-minded animals looking for the next feeding frenzy. Not unlike vultures or hyenas, picking at the bones of a dead horse. Just go away. She doesn't work there any more. What's it to you that she speaks her mind? You sure as hell are. And your minds are obviously much smaller, weaker, sheltered, misinformed, arrogant, and closed.

    This is like high school. I came to this blog to see what the flap was about and see this woman attacked with such vitriol. Where does it come from?

    Why do you people hate this woman so much?

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  117. Shea - Just want to let you know that I am old, but not offended. That is because unlike so many of your itchy fingered character assassins, I got the joke. The negative reaction to your post is the classic knee jerk response of the Sensitivity Munchkins. We will prevail over them....

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