is, in his
words, going to "take it to the limit."Gallagher, a Fox News correspondent since the all- news channel was born in 1996, has seen his job take him to some amazing and precarious places: Southeast Asia in the wake of the 2004 tsunami, the blazing Arizona desert to cover the crash of the Space Shuttle Columbia, and most recently standing unprotected against the 110mph winds of Hurricane Wilma as it pounded into West Palm Beach, Florida.
But nothing has compared to his
next news adventure: reporting traffic from the heart of the freeway.
"There's no better rush in the world," says Gallagher
Far from "theatricalism", Trace Gallagher
traffic reporting as honest, compelling, and "the fourth estate that is the watchdog of American democracy."
to the ground while reporting from Key West.That bitch Wilma ripped the shoes right off his
feet.And they were good shoes, too.Loafers.Damn, I'm going to miss those shoes.But that's the kind of thing that you have to prepare yourself for."
Critics of the theatrical flair that has infected the 24- hour- news cycle accuse reporters like Gallagher
of putting themselves in unnecessary danger to in effect, "create" a story, but Gallagher defends his
remains determined to bring the story to his
viewers no matter what the danger.
"Sure, I've stepped out into hurricane- force winds.And I've been called dumb as a sack of hammers for it- but could a sack of hammers do this?"
Upon which Mr. Gallagher
proceeded to demonstrate his
impressive ability to keep aloft a hacky- sack for several minutes, reaching 63 kicks before the bag hit the ground.