Fort Wayne area television watchers may remember Anthony Ponce's time at NewsChannel 15 WANE.
A talented reporter, he quickly moved to WISH TV in Indianapolis and then to his hometown WMAQ in 2007. WMAQ is an NBC owned and operated station. It was reported last week that he was quitting the station and that his last day would be this past Sunday.
Yesterday, he played a video on his last day as to what he would be doing next. He will be a Lyft driver; a job, as it turns out, he has been doing for four months. Albeit, it will be as a Lyft driver with a side activity: he will produce a podcast of interviews he has with his fares.
While this is seemingly an odd choice, Mr. Ponce's talent has been clearly in evidence since his time at WANE. No doubt, he will make a success of it.
This is what the Poynter's Kristen Hare reported today:
After his last day on air at Chicago's WMAQ, Anthony Ponce shared a video on Facebook about his new gig.
"Four months ago, I took a second job," text at the bottom of his video reads. "A job as a driver. A driver for Lyft. Yes, those pink mustache cars."
Ponce is leaving the newsroom, but he still plans to tell stories. They'll just be stories from the people he meets in the backseat of his Chevy Equinox.
In August, Ponce will launch "Backseat Rider," a podcast that features interviews with people he drives around town for Lyft.