• Thu, Jul 7 2011

Good Idea or Bad Idea: Elizabeth Smart to Join ABC As Missing Persons Correspondent

After her kidnapping and eventual rescue, Elizabeth Smart emerged as a smart, confident young woman who was able to speak out against her captors and help make sure they were convicted. Now, she has taken a new job at ABC News. She will be working as a “missing persons expert,” weighing in on cases and offering her expertise on ongoing news stories.

I’m torn on whether I think this is a good idea. On one hand, Elizabeth understands kidnapping and missing-persons stories better than almost anyone else, and she has shown to be a great public speaker. But on the other hand, I can’t help but wonder if covering all of those stories will just dredge up painful memories for her. Though she’ll be commenting on the news instead of reporting it, will she be able to remain objective and not get emotional? It’s a brilliant move on ABC’s part and I’m sure they’ll get a ton of publicity, but I’m going to take a wait-and-see approach.

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