Thursday, July 14, 2005

We Are Not a Tabloid!

Remember Nicole Manske, the former News Channel 15 reporter? Last night she was Indy 500 winner Dan Wheldon's date at the ESPY Awards.
The two walked the red carpet together and were photographed by various media outlets before walking together into the Kodak Theatre.

One photographer, who sounded as if he knew the Indianapolis 500 scene, identified Manske to other photographers.

"Nicole obviously felt comfortable appearing that way with Mr. Wheldon," WISH-8 assistant news director Kevin Finch said when reached in Indy. "We'll withhold further comment."

Manske has been with WISH-8 since April 2004. She covered the Indianapolis 500 and its awards banquet for WISH-8 in May.
Manske, who was Illinois's representative in the 1998 Miss Teen USA contest, seems to have a thing for dating (and sometimes getting engaged) to athletes, according to a FWMN source. (Don't ask me to disclose their identity! I never reveal my anonymous sources!)

UPDATE: The item quoted above (which is from the Indianpolis Star) neglects to mention that Manske also serves as a pit reporter for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network.

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