Kupchella’s scoop: Norm Coleman has Bell’s palsy

The PiPress’ Amy Gustafson teases the debut of former KARE11 anchor Rick Kupchella’s BringMeTheNews.com. In the story Gustafson notes the site is “a news aggregator … that will feature some original reporting.”

Thursday night, we got the first taste of the latter: news that former U.S. Senator Norm Coleman is suffering from Bell’s palsy, a short-term neurological disorder that has paralyzed the left side of his face.

According to the site, Coleman says he first experienced symptoms Sept. 2. The Mayo Clinic says Bell’s palsy affects 40,000 Americans a year, rarely afflicting people under 15 or older than 60. Coleman turned 60 on Aug. 17.

For most people, Bell’s palsy symptoms begin to improve within a few weeks, with complete recovery within three to six months,” the clinic’s site states.

You can see Kupchella’s teaser interview with Coleman here. (There’s a longer version coming on Sunday, when the full site debuts.) Warning: Norm doesn’t look so hot. Best wishes for a full recovery, Senator.

I’ll check in with a review of the site once I can see all the features. I’m really interested to see whether the staff (including new-media pros Tom Elko and Taylor Carik, who worked with Kupchella at KARE11) can do something new on the local-news aggregation front.

(By the way, there’s a family link on the scoop; Kupchella’s wife Leslie once worked as Norm’s press secretary.)

According to Gustafson, Kupchella will also provide hourly news updates for radio stations and at least one website. He’ll be joined by former KARE11 weekend partner Amy Hockert.

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 09/10/2009 - 11:27 pm.

    Un-news, since it occurred after Coleman announced that he was not seeking the GOP gubernatorial nomination.

  2. Submitted by Mark Gisleson on 09/11/2009 - 03:04 pm.

    Un-news? Former office holders are un-people now?

    And I thought I was cold blooded.

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