Long Island native Doug Geed, is a morning co-anchor and reporter for News 12 Long Island. Throughout his career he has won 10 Emmy Awards, and was named the PCLI Outstanding Journalist in 2004. Geed was also named to the Long Island Journalism Hall of Fame this past June.

You were born and raised in Syosset. Was this one of the major contributing factors as to why you stayed on Long Island and pursued a career?

I loved everything about the neighborhood where I grew up in Syosset and I learned to love Long Island from an early age. I never thought I’d live anywhere else. I do have to say that when I attended Journalism School at the University of Missouri in Columbia, I fell in love with the midwest and considered living there after college. But primarily for family reasons, I chose to stay on the island. My dad died very suddenly in my senior year of high school and I know my Mom was sad that I went to school so far away. And shortly after graduation, I got a job as a reporter and anchor at WALK Radio in Patchogue and the rest is history.

What do you love most about being a News 12 reporter?

It’s hard to pick one thing I like most about my job at News 12. I absolutely love my profession because you really do learn something new every day. But it’s also special because I’m reporting on the area where I grew up and where I now raise my family. Plus, News 12 is a history-making company, the very first 24-hour local television news station in the country, and I am one of only five on-air people who were there on the very first day and am still there today. All of those make my job extra special.

What is your favorite thing to report on?

It’s hard to pick a favorite thing to report on. I think it’s a three-way tie: I like to educate people, so I enjoy stories where the viewer says wow, I didn’t know that, whether it’s something about their local government or a piece of local history. I also like to make people feel good, so I enjoy stories that are positive about a person, place or thing. And I really enjoy helping the little people. Maybe there’s someone having trouble with the government, a big company, or they’re having major health issues. Maybe they don’t have the means to get help or seek justice. But by having their story told, maybe their problem is solved.

What are some of the day-to-day things a News 12 reporter does to both stay up on the times and stay involved on Long Island?

Needless to say, I read the newspaper, front to back, every single day to keep up on the news. But what’s unique about News 12 is that we’re as local as local news gets, meaning we report on everyday issues that affect everyday people. And since I’ve lived here my whole life, I LIVE through and experience the very events we report on. So just by paying my taxes, being active in my community and being a husband and dad, I keep up on the times.

How did your prior career at WALK Radio in Patchogue help you become the reporter you are today?

Radio is a TERRIFIC experience for any reporter. Television people can sometimes fall back on their looks or can hide behind great video in telling their stories. In radio, you learn to write very concisely and clearly so people understand you. You also learn to write quickly. I was the afternoon drive news anchor for years at WALK Radio, so I had a full newscast every half hour for seven hours every day and had to write virtually all of it myself.

What do you want viewers to learn about Long Island through your Emmy Award Winning program, The East End?

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I have great memories of the East End when I was a kid. My dad would take us all out east to dig for clams and to get fresh vegetables from the farm stands. I think the East End is the most beautiful part of Long Island and I love the farmers and baymen whose families have lived out there, in some cases, for hundreds of years. They are such genuine, hard-working people who don’t make a lot of money, but they work very hard at what they do and they love it. I want the rest of Long Island to realize what ALL of Long Island once looked like, to take steps to preserve what we have and to appreciate all the hard-working people of eastern Suffolk. Plus, there’s a whole lot of FUN places to visit, such as Splish Splash, the Long Island Aquarium and the wineries. People don’t have to travel far to have a good time with their families and if they spend their vacations locally, then it helps our economy.

You were named Long Island’s Outstanding Journalist by PCLI in 2004. What did that mean for you?

Being named Journalist of the Year in 2004 was a great honor because it was given to me by my colleagues, fellow journalists. It’s great to be appreciated by your viewers, but when people in your own profession decide to honor you for your work, it’s a terrific feeling.

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What has been your proudest moment as a journalist or reporter since the beginning of your career?

I’ve been very fortunate to win 10 Emmy awards and each was special. But maybe my proudest moment was the very first one. It came in March of 1989 and it was the very first Emmy that News 12 had ever won. That same night, my wife went into labor and we had our first of three children!

Since being a part of the News 12 team, what has been your most memorable experience?

I’ve had a lot of memorable moments. One of my favorites was going to the White House to cover a T-Ball Tournament. President Bush was the first President who ever played Little League baseball and he started a great tradition: one T-Ball player (5 or 6 years old) was chosen from each state and they played a game on the back lawn of the White House. One year a boy from Dix Hills was chosen as New York State’s representative and we went down with him. I was able to walk through the White House, cover the game on the lawn and, as an added bonus, I happened to walk through a hallway just as the President was walking the other way. We looked at each other, smiled and nodded. Pretty cool.

What has being a reporter given you the chance to do that you may have never done otherwise?

One of the best things about my job is the travel I’ve been able to do and stories I’ve been able to cover. Some are serious, the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in 1996, some were more fun, a three-day international Scrabble Tournament in Rhode Island won by a Long Islander! It’s a profession I highly recommend to anyone, but, you have to take it seriously. You have to be a good writer and don’t go into it to be famous. Go into it to inform people.

-As told to Alexa Froccaro

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