FROM BROADCAST TO PODCAST: INSIDE THE HEART OF ANGELINE HARTMANN GLASS HALF FIL by Naiia


Wednesday July 1, 2020


GLASS HALF FIL
by Naiia Lajoie

 

Imagine an outlet whose news correspondent encourages the opinions of everyday people – their tearful memories, their pregnant pauses, their pain – unfiltered and unbiased, unlike the conventional televised sources. Then imagine an anchor with boots on the ground – that has had interactions with the victims and their families as well as the law enforcement agencies who handle their cases. Now imagine topics that are current, coverage that is relevant, and a medium that is accessible. This is what Angeline Hartmann’s “Inside Crime” podcast promises to offer, and delivers.

Angeline Hartmann is an Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist. She has covered nearly every type of news story, from famous court cases to natural disasters but her heart led her to crime reporting. While a rookie reporter at WAGATV in Atlanta, she worked solo to launch the station’s Georgia’s Most Wanted – a successful endeavor that would ultimately carry her into the role of correspondent and producer at the iconic television show, America’s Most Wanted. This professional transition happened when her husband, a special agent for the Department of Justice, was transferred to Washington, D.C. They met at a crime scene – though it’s not your conventional introduction, it’s part of their unique love story. The couple moved from an Atlanta crime rate 110% higher than that of the national average, to D.C. where it is measured at 102% by the algorithm-based analytical website www.areavibes.com. They still reside in Washington, D.C. and now have a son.

An avid Jo Koy fan, Angeline identifies with the half-Filipino comedian in that she is a first generation American, born to Filipino immigrant parents herself. While Jo Koy famously jokes about all Filipina women being nurses, Angeline proudly boasts that her mother was indeed a nurse who met her father while he was serving in the U.S. Coast Guard. Angeline says, “family is everything to her,” and one could argue that her willingness to help other families is an extension of her parents’ caring dispositions, given they have spent their entire lives bringing extended family members from the Philippines to her native state of California. Despite the parallels between parents and daughter, they did not foresee a life of crime solving for Angeline. Initially, her mother wanted Angeline to be a nurse (just like the Jo Koy jokes).

While gearing up to embark on her nursing studies at Long Beach State, Angeline quickly decided that the medical field was not for her, and instead attended California State University, Fullerton to pursue broadcast journalism – going after the “risky” career of becoming a TV reporter. Furthering her family’s penchant for influencing others, Angeline’s pursuits positively affected her cousin Christy-Anne Lopez, who also attended Cal State Fullerton to follow the same broadcasting path. While Christy was searching for a summer internship, her “Manang Angel” spontaneously suggested a once in a lifetime experience. “I told her that she should move in with us, do a rare internship at America’s Most Wanted, a prime time television show and experience life in D.C.,” said Angeline. “And I told her I could use some babysitting help! Our son was just two at the time.” That summer helped kickstart her Ading’s career. Christy recollects the impact her older cousin had in paving the way for her: “Angeline’s been my number one mentor, idol, [and] role model since I was a little girl. [She’s] the reason I wanted to do pageants when I was little and why I went into broadcast journalism.”

While Christy now works as a host, spokesmodel, and event director, Angeline’s path was not as linear. Opting out of her mother’s dream for her to study nursing, Angeline worked numerous random side gigs until her first reporting break which took her to the little border town of El Centro, California. Many years thereafter, having inadvertently taken the steps toward her dream job at America’s Most Wanted, Angeline was privy to insider criminal case knowledge, partnered with law enforcement agencies on their investigations, and dealt directly with the families of those affected. It was interviewing these crime victims that ultimately led to the birth of her podcast, “Inside Crime with Angeline Hartmann.”

It was not until recently that Angeline began listening to podcasts. Having been a crime reporter for years, she knew better than anyone that there is plenty of information that does not make it into the final product. She explained that it doesn’t necessarily mean the material is “bad” – there simply is not enough time and reporters have to be selective. With her podcast, she tries to share things about a story that don’t typically make it out to the public, while at the same time imbuing the listener into the story in a special way; so that they feel as though they’re on the journey to the truth themselves. “They are right there along with me and many tell me they are impacted by what they learn,” she explains.

“I’m a journalist to the core. I only know how to do it one way: all the way. I find and research these stories on my own. I talk to the people and more importantly, I don’t just interview. These are genuine relationships that are formed.” Angeline’s says there is no network or big team supporting the podcast, she simply works on it as her passion project. Created in late 2018, she just finished the 4th season and has now added her own YouTube channel, also called, “Inside Crime,” to enhance the podcast. In a world where viewers and listeners are bombarded with clickbait and fake news, it is refreshing to see old school research and reporting that is tried, credible, and true. The podcast allows Angeline a medium through which she can cover a story, no longer having to put on a face. “As a news reporter, I had to deliver the story without emotion, despite it affecting me. Now there is no barrier, I cry with my families. I can’t imagine doing this job where I’d have to hold things back.”

In addition to working on her own podcast, Angeline is the Director of Communications and a spokesperson at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). Her job at NCMEC and the podcast sometimes go hand in hand as she works closely with families searching for their missing children. “That’s why I stay in touch with them, after I tell their story. A bond is created with every family.” Angeline recognizes that in all of her years as a crime reporter, criminal interviewer, in siding with the law, and corresponding on America’s Most Wanted, while she was not in any direct danger, the show did receive death threats. In the time before “Inside Crime” it was her job to help “track down and fight the bad guys.” She says she got special perspective working so closely with law enforcement and knows first hand that their jobs are dangerous and unpredictable.

When asked about the nature of her work and whether it takes its emotional toll on her and affects her life at home, Angeline replied both yes and no. Of course she is affected by the cases she encounters while on the job at NCMEC. “I [have to] immerse myself in so much conversation, that when I go home sometimes I don’t want to talk about it. But when I do, I’m lucky that I can share with my husband and tell him about it. I can unload and he can relate.” As for her son, “I don’t want to talk to him about these things, but I do – I tell it in such a way where I can tell him about my experiences as if talking to a mature person. I want him to know that families are the heart of everything I do. I don’t want to say, ‘I can’t tell you about my day.’”

Instead, she showcases the good that her job does at NCMEC, the “Inside Crime” podcast, and even her position as a producer on TV One’s show ATL Homicide (she helped develop the latter, using her real life experience as guidance). “I’m working with law enforcement on a case, so mommy’s going to fly out tomorrow to see if she can help, so I can tell the story,” she tells him. She does involve her family when possible, like the time she brought them to work with her in New York City for her live appearance on the set of A & E. Until the recent cancellation of Live PD, Angeline appeared on the popular hit television show weekly, highlighting a missing child and the segment helped recover dozens of missing kids. Angeline’s compassion is boundless, whether it is for her parents – whom she does not blame for trying to steer her in an alternative direction during college – her cousin, her immediate family, or the families whom she must assist in telling their stories, get their messages out there, find their child, or resolve the cases. “I see it as an honor to tell these stories and I stay in touch [with the families] because we’re connected after such intimate and deep conversations. I feel grateful to be part of their inner circle. One woman from 20 years ago still calls me every holiday and leaves well-wishing messages for my entire family. I play them for my son.”

As for what lies ahead, Angeline is focusing on growing the podcast as there is a lot of content to be covered out there. She’s also added a new missing segment to her YouTube channel after receiving overwhelming requests from the public asking for more missing cases. She wants to share the stories that matter and yearns for people to know the positive experiences had with law enforcement. One day she envisions tackling a book or even a show. For now, she’s looking forward to a big opportunity in October to highlight her podcast at a crime convention. “Inside Crime” was selected to be featured at this year’s CrimeCon on Podcast Row. Conventioneers in Orlando will be able to meet with Angeline and many will be introduced to her work for the first time. Above all else, she just wants to contribute to making the world a better place, and revisit some of the unsolved stories.

Angeline was at the crime scene, reporting on the remains of an unidentified child found behind a DeKalb County cemetery off of Clifton Springs Road in Georgia. Thanks to technological advancements in facial reconstruction, NCMEC was able to recreate the child’s face using the new equipment based on the remains found. “Inside Crime” revisited the cold case on its 20th anniversary, which led to an outpouring of potential leads from across the country. While no one has claimed this child – determined to have been African American, between 4-8 years old, being anywhere from 3’10” to 4’2”, weighing 45-60lbs, and found wearing an XL blue plaid and navy hoodie, size 3 red-colored jeans, and size 11 Timberland boots – Angeline is determined to give this young John Doe his real name. If you know of any leads and would like to assist her, please call NCMEC at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-543-5678) or the DeKalb Medical Examiner at 1-404-508-3500.

On the set of the hit television show Live PD which aired on the A & E Network

Angeline’s podcast delivers fresh and honest perspective about true crime.

“Angeline’s been my number one mentor, idol and role model since I was a little girl.” – Christy-Anne Lopez

Angeline reporting at a NCMEC red carpet event

Podcast Row at CrimeCon 2019 in New Orleans

Angeline speaks on various television shows as a crime analyst

Angeline with legendary crime fighter John Walsh and his son, Callahan Walsh who host the television show, In Pursuit on Investigation Discovery

Angeline’s parents visit the NCMEC set in Alexandria, Virginia.

As spokesperson for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Angeline works to get attention for families with missing loved ones

On her off time, Angeline works on her podcast at home.

 

Follow Angeline Hartmann on Twitter @AngelineDC and on Instagram @inside_crime Listen to the podcast “Inside Crime with Angeline Hartmann” at www.insidecrime.org



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