Yasmin Dar On Twitter @YasminDar
KVAL Tipline always interesting, often sad
Tuesday, August 17th 2010
The Tipline is one of our best ways of finding out about stories because our viewers are our eyes and ears in every corner of Western Oregon.
receive tips ranging from massive corruption to lost pets and everything in-between. This year we won First Place from the Oregon Associated Press for Investigative Reporting for a story idea we received from our Tipline about traffic lights that stay green at the same time in Albany.
Often the stories I hear from viewers break my heart, especially when I feel like I can't help them. Sometimes they make me laugh, while others leave me completely baffled. Here are the first two phone calls I took this morning, just a sampling of viewer tips:
: Hello, sir. You left me a message?
CALLER: Yes, I was watching OPB last week and they had a story about how Hawaii is sending its garbage to Oregon. Did you know that?
: No, I wasn't aware of that.
CALLER: So, here's what I want to know: Why can't they just burn their garbage in the biggest incinerator ever? They've got 'em on the island. They're called volcanoes.
: Well... I'm not sure.
CALLER: I mean, it may sound crazy, and I know people shouldn't go near the edge, but with all of our technology, what if we could build a machine that could dump it in there?
: I'm not sure... I'll try to find out more about it.
CALLER: Okay. I know you think that sounds crazy but that's what this country is missing. People with big ideas.
: You might be right about that.
CALLER: Hi, are you the person who decides what a story is?
: You can certainly give me a story idea.
CALLER: My friend has been living in the woods and now he's living with me and he just went to the bathroom all over himself. But I found out that Cahoots will come get him and take him to take a shower at a service station. And I just thought that if you did a story on him it would raise awareness on people with mental illnesses because he doesn't take drugs and he's not smoking anything or drinking. And every day he's been eating out of the trash cans and he's only about 30. I want people to see how bad someone can get if they don't take their medication.
: ... I'm really sorry for all that you're going through, but I would need his permission to do the story, to make him an example.
CALLER: (crying) Yeah, he wouldn't want to be in a story. I just wanted to tell someone.
: I'm so sorry, it must be so hard. I think you are doing the right thing.
CALLER: Thank you. Thanks for listening. The world is just hard for people without money who won't take their medication.
: That's very true.
CALLER: Okay. You have a nice day.
: You too. Good luck.
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The Yasmin Dar Story Twitter @YasminDar
There was a time when Yasmin Dar imagined herself as a doctor. Science and the study of life had been favorite subjects of hers since third grade. So it made sense that she would go on to earn her undergraduate degree in biology from University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Life, it seemed, was exactly as it should be. And yet, all Dar felt was lost.
“Have you ever had that gut feeling that something just isn’t right?” she muses. “I had that feeling for almost two years after graduating with my degree.”
That instinct, some luck and meeting the right people led Dar on a new path to television news. It was, she says, the right fit, though it wasn’t entirely without mishaps.
On her third day as an intern for Hawaii News Now’s Sunrise, Dar accidentally deleted the anchors’ scripts instead of printing them.
“This may sound like a minor error, but anyone who has ever used the electronic news production system knows that it’s not that easy to recover those stories,” she says. “All I heard next was, ‘Where did the show go?'”
The screens, she recalls, went completely blank. Luckily, an executive producer managed to recover the scripts, and Dar was not deterred from pursuing a career in broadcast journalism.
Eventually, she would land on KITV4’s morning show as traffic anchor, where she worked for three-and-a-half years before departing for Oregon . There, she manned the evening news desk at KVAL as an anchor.
Now, after two-and-a-half years, Dar is back in Hawaii. “I loved living in Oregon and I miss it, but there really is no place like home,” she says. The move comes after she and husband Salvatore Fasi welcomed their first child eight months ago. Raising a newborn without family nearby to help, she says, is something the couple realized is quite difficult.
“I give huge props to families who have to relocate their lives and raise kids without that kind of family support,” she says. “It’s not easy at all. We are so grateful for our family’s help.”
Ready to return to work, Dar has joined Gov. David Ige’s staff as digital media specialist. In this position, Dar plans to work with the governor’s communications team to facilitate open lines of communication between Ige and the public.
“We want to listen to the citizens’ comments and concerns, and of course, within reason, reply to their questions,” she says.
Despite what will surely be a busy schedule, Dar, who appeared on MidWeek‘s Sept. 21, 2007, cover, also hopes to keep up with her blog “Mommy Crush” (mommycrush.com). It’s a project she began after being put on bed rest while pregnant — difficult for someone so used to being busy. On the site, she shares tips learned from her mother, doula and other friends with children.
“I’m new to this mommy world, so when I learn something new, I want to share it to help other moms who might feel like they’re in the same boat,” she says.
And Dar also can add “business owner” to her growing resume. This year, she and sister Shaiyanne Dar launched Dolkii (dolkii.com), an online retailer that specializes in Bohemian apparel and accessories for young women.
All of this may be a departure from TV, but Dar isn’t ready to rule out a return just yet. “That is always a possibility!” she says.
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About Yasmin Dar
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- Short DescriptionFormer TV news anchor turned mommy blogger. Follow me @YasminDar on INSTAGRAM and TWITTER!
- BioYasmin joined the KVAL news team as the evening anchor in August 2012. She grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii where she earned her BA in Biology and MA in Communications from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Prior to moving to the Pacific Northwest, Yasmin worked in Honolulu as a social media reporter and morning traffic anchor for KITV.
The entertainment bug bit Yasmin at a very early age. In the sixth grade, she was a cameraperson and news anchor for Kid Witness News. Her first experience on camera left her with a desire to pursue a career on television. She started competing in high school speech and debate competitions, followed by her modeling, hosting and acting career, which began in college.
Yasmin's interest in journalism peaked while hosting a few local television shows so she interned at a local news station and fell in love with the live and breaking news action. Those feelings took her back to that day in sixth grade when she realized what her career goal was.
In her spare time, Yasmin loves to take advantage of the great outdoors and is always posting photos of her day's adventures on Instagram. She loves connecting with the viewers so if you would like to join in on the conversation with Yasmin, you can find her on Facebook.com/YasminDarOfficial , follower her on Twitter and Instagram @YasminDar or email her at email@example.com.
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