Rumors that veteran reporter Stephen Stock was leaving WESH were true. WFOR, the CBS O&O in Miami, has hired Stock to join its I-Team investigations unit.
“Stephen is a strong investigative reporter with an amazing work ethic. He brings unique investigative skills to an already strong I-Team. We are very excited about him joining us here at CBS4,” said WFOR News Director Adrienne Roark in a news release.
While at WESH, Stock’s investigations included uncovering tax fraud by Florida prison inmates, digging up the exact cause of hundreds of fires in Ford trucks and exposing problems with Florida’s day-care system. He also was the lead investigative reporter on WESH’s 20-part series, “Building Homes: Building Problems,” which examined the home building industry in Central Florida in partnership with the Orlando Sentinel. He and WESH won at George Foster Peabody Award for the series.
Stock has been at WESH since 1991. He did a lot of work out of WESH’s Marion County bureau — which, perhaps not-so-coincidentally, one tipsers says the station may be preparing to shutter.
When he arrives at WFOR-CBS 4, he’ll find some familar O-Town faces — former WESH anchor Shannon Hori, former WFTV anchor Jorge Estevez and former WFTV reporter Ted Scouten.