Journalist Daryn Kagan Now Covering Upbeat News StoriesDaryn Kagan, a former CNN news anchor, now has her own website at darynkagan.com. She has turned away from the hard news she delivered on CNN to focus on upbeat stories. The feel good site which bears the message "Show the world what's possible!" covers positive stories using a blog and daily videos. The Washington Post says its "all dogs-'n'-grannies, all the time."
Daryn Kagan's old flame -- bombastic radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh -- isn't part of the positive things discussed on her blog and video show."Welcome to DarynKagan.com," Kagan says in one of her daily videocasts. She's wearing a cream-colored sweater and sitting in front of a cozy fire. "Today, we are dipping into the love bucket."
After years spent presiding over the world's tragedies, Kagan now brings news from over the rainbow, tapping America's love for hero dogs and spunky grannies. On television, these tales are usually shoved to the end of the newscast, but on DarynKagan.com (tagline: "Show the world what's possible!"), it's all dogs-'n'-grannies, all the time.
Kagan brings us a mountain climber who's blind and a Wichita judge who's still hearing cases at age 99. ("You go, Judge Brown!" Kagan says. No word from the defendants.) She goes running with a man who has no legs. She brings in her kitty as a special guest star. She visits with a guy she calls the "love editor" who just happens to have his own Web site, where he sells men on the idea that they should pay him to figure out how they'll propose to their girlfriends.
Daryn's a well-known journalist with a great delivery so she should have no trouble finding an audience that longs for her upbeat stories. People looking for these kinds of stories may be seeking a break from the depressing amount of serious problems we face in the world today. The Washington Post says Daryn Kagan hasn't turned a profit yet from her website -- although it just debuted in November. Kagan employs a part-time staff of six to run the site. She is planning a book and is also considering licensing content for tv, radio and cellphones according to the Post.Kagan won't talk about her old flame, Rush Limbaugh, from whom she parted ways last year. "I don't discuss Rush," she says. But she is eager to share the "freaky amount" of good things that have happened to her since she started her Web site.
Posted on January 27, 2007