Brian Cabell moved to Marquette, Michigan in 2004 after spending almost 30 years in TV news as a reporter and anchor.
He worked at CNN for 14 years as a correspondent out of the Atlanta bureau where he covered hundreds of stories, including the 9-11 tragedy from Pennsylvania, New York and the Pentagon, along with literally dozens of hurricanes, a coup in Haiti, the landmark lawsuit against the tobacco industry, the shuttle explosion, the Jonbenet Ramsey murder, as well as legal cases against Michael Jackson and Kobe Bryant.
His favorite stories, though, were those involving ordinary people doing exceptional things along the back roads of Georgia, Mississippi, and Alabama.
When he arrived in the U.P. in 2004, he became the news director at WLUC, a position he held until he retired in 2011. One of his greatest joys there was mentoring young, smart and enthusiastic journalists fresh out of college.
In his pre-TV life, Brian was born and raised in northern California. He was educated at George Washington University in Washington DC where he took part in numerous political protests, lived in an urban commune, dabbled in drugs, and spent brief periods suspended from college and in a mental hospital.
In the summer of 1966, he spent three months as a civil rights worker in Mississippi.
After college, he lived in the Haight Ashbury district of San Francisco and along the beaches of southern California, while also traveling to Europe, Mexico and South America.
Since retiring from TV, Brian has written four books and writes Word on the Street.