Know Your Local Media: Isiah Carey on YouTube Celebrity, Homebodies and How the Devil Is Busy
Each week, we will profile an esteemed member of the local media and ask them five questions, for better or worse.
Carey's Twitter-famous red pants.
Name: Isiah Carey
Employer: KRIV Fox 26
Title: Investigative Reporter
Fox 26 investigative reporter Isiah Carey is a YouTube celebrity, an often dubious distinction and a source of embarrassment for many who are uncomfortable with that kind of spotlight, but Carey seems to revel in it. Rather than allowing his unintentionally comic turn on camera that made it as far as the Tosh.0 show on Comedy Central to become a problem, he made it into an asset.
Now Carey is one of the most engaging and entertaining media personalities in Houston on Twitter and Facebook, where oft-used phrases like "the devil is busy," funny photos and discussions of decidedly non-news topics are far more common than journalism, which he saves for his blog and his regular news segment The Isiah Factor.
We asked him about all of it in our five questions.
You use social media and the Internet a lot. How do you think that benefits you?
I think it lets people online and in Houston know I'm accessible and real. No stiff-shirt reporter here. I'm one of them and I hope they take that into consideration if they need help telling their story or exposing a lie in the community.