Jim Hummel - the nonprofit, multimedia investigative reporter known for his hard-hitting, microphone-in-the-face, "Hummel Report" pieces - could be unveling a softer side soon.
Hummel - whose work appears on his own web site, on WPRO, and in Motif magazine - tells N4N that he is weighing a second report he'll call the "Hummel Spotlight," focusing on good works around the state.
It is not quite the departure it might seem. Hummel - whose investigations have been nicknamed the "Hummel Pummel" by Mike Healey, press secretary for former Attorney General Patrick Lynch - did some softer features during his days as an investigative reporter for ABC6. He says he believed then, as he does now, that these sorts of stories don't get enough attention.
But he's got another reason to pursue them. Hummel has had trouble getting local businessmen to underwrite the "Hummel Report" - leary, he says, of associating with an enterprise that often embarasses local politicians. If he can win funding for a less controversial "Hummel Spotlight," he says, it may help to underwrite the investigative work.