Al Sunshine, WFOR investigative reporter and really, one of South Florida’s most respected news people, is ready to retire. And he announced it first on Facebook.
Just last year in August, Al Sunshine celebrated 40 years in television having started his career in 1972 with WTVJ as a one man band journalist – shooting, writing and voicing his own stories. Several years later he would he would go into consumer reporting, with his ‘Shame on You!’ segment at WCIX, and go on to become one South Florida’s toughest consumer reporters.
If you have ever leased a car in Florida, you can probably thank Al Sunshine for those long, yellow papers full of detailed information about your car lease. After he investigated car leasing scams in 1994, Sunshine also testified before a Florida Senate group which helped enact consumer protections in the car leasing industry. The Florida School Safety Law of 1990, balcony railing safety regulations, the Florida Vehicle Protection Act are just some of the after effects of his reporting and investigations.
Nowadays I find very little in newscasts to be worth my time. I’ve been getting my news online since before the web was cool, but even for someone like me who Googles and Bings everything (hello 8,500 Bing search points), every time I have come across one of Al Sunshine’s reports, I always learned something new. And then reached for the smart phone or opened a new tab and searched to learn some more.
So. The question is, now who’s going to get worked up when people are wronged?