Ted Williams’ life changed when he received national attention for his “golden voice,” Williams, once homeless, owes his fame to Doral Chenoweth lll, multimedia producer for The Columbus Dispatch in Columbus, Ohio. According to Chenoweth, Williams was panhandling while holding a sign that read “I have a God given gift of voice…” Chenoweth recorded Williams and his voice then submitted the recording to YouTube. The video went viral, and as-of-today, has been seen by over 30 million people.
“It was a wonderful human moment,” Robert Stewart, director of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University in Athens, told Columbus reporter Robert Vitale, “People wanted to share his story.”
CNN reporter John Blake also wanted to share a story, although his story was about Chenoweth. According to Blake, Chenoweth said that it’s standard operating procedure (SOP) for him to talk to homeless people.
“You may not be able to help someone with money,” Chenoweth said, “but you can at least say hello, how you doing, and look at them.”
Chenoweth’s SOP has allowed him to look past the exterior of a person and uncover stories where others may not see stories. Amanda Marshall, blues/pop songstress, also tells of not judging anyone by their outside looks in her song titled, “Everyone has a story.”
Everyone does have a story to tell, it’s a journalist’s job to find that story and write it.