Where Are The 'Making A Murderer' Reporters Now? Many Of Them Have Left Manitowoc County
By now, it seems like most of America has watched Netflix's docuseries Making a Murderer and everyone has an opinion about the guilt or innocence of Steven Avery and his nephew, Brendan Dassey. And, the story is far from over — two months after the series release, there have been multiple developments including reports of evidence that filmmakers excluded (the documentarians admit they left out evidence, but that it didn't influence the integrity of the series) and a troubling interview with Avery's ex-fiance, Jodi Stachowski that raises doubts about the series' sympathetic portrayal of Avery. At the time of Teresa Halbach's murder and the trials of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey, the case received little national attention and it was covered by local journalists — many of whom were seriously impressive and made an impression on viewers. So, where are the Making a Murderer reporters now?
As a result of the docuseries, many of the reporters featured have become overnight Internet celebrities. Most of them have left Manitowoc County since 2007, and one shifted career paths altogether. They've all spoken out about the national spotlight on the case, but most of them have declined to make strong statements regarding their personal opinions about Avery's guilt and the fairness of the series itself. However, one thing is clear — even though they've all moved on with their careers, the case impacted them deeply and its one that they will never forget.
Here's what the reporters have been up to since the guilty verdicts were announced:
Matesic covered the case for WBAY and, as reported by PEOPLE, she still works for the network and was promoted to Fox Valley Bureau Chief in 2010. As seen in the above clip, Matesic recently appeared on Dr. Phil to speak about the case and Making a Murderer. “I think it’s what they wanted it to be," she stated. "It’s not my job to decide if it’s fair or accurate. It’s what they saw through their eyes.”
She also noted that Teresa Halbach's family feels that her story has been lost as viewers dissect the case and focus on Avery. She echoed similar sentiments in the below tweet:
Angenette Levy, the no-nonsense reporter who won over viewers thanks to her equal opportunity questioning of both the prosecution and the defense, relocated to Ohio in 2010. Levy currently works as a General Assignment Reporter at WKRC-TV and she helped rescue a missing child while she was covering the Amber Alert story.
Since Making a Murderer premiered, Levy has been been active on Twitter and responded to a number of questions from viewers — but she's made clear that, as a reporter, she will only discuss factual information and will not voice her opinion about whether or not Avery is guilty.
Keller was only 25 years old when he covered the trial for NBC26 in Green Bay and he no longer works as a reporter. According to Keller's LinkedIn, he left the network in August 2007 — just five months after Avery was convicted of Halbach's murder. He relocated to Kansas City, Missouri where he worked as a reporter for E.W. Scripps for just under two years, which was followed by a stint as a photographer at WNYT-TV in Albany, New York. Interestingly, he shifted career paths and graduated from the University of New Hampshire School of Law in 2013. Keller currently works as a Professor of English & Communication at NHTI, a community college in Concord, New Hampshire.
The Internet has become quite enamored with Keller, mainly due to his appearance. He recently told PEOPLE that the focus on his looks is a distraction from the actual trial — and it seems that its impact has stayed with him. "I can't explain how much this case weighed on me," he told the magazine.
Alvear covered the trial for NBC26 with Keller and she has since relocated to Los Angeles, where she has worked as a correspondent for ABC NewsOne, the network's affiliate news service since 2008. She's traveled all over the globe to cover stories ranging from the Chilean miners' rescue to Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding.
Out of all the featured reporters, Alvear has been the most direct about her opinion of Making a Murderer — and she's not a fan. In an essay she penned for Medium.com, Alvear wrote that she's "outraged" by how little the series acknowledged Halbach — who was a human being with passions and loved ones before she became the tragic victim. Her essay focuses on Halbach, because she feels no one else is doing so. Alvear did indicate that she has issues with other aspects of the docuseries and the evidence it failed to include:
[T]here are plenty of credible news outlets that are presenting evidence against Steven Avery that somehow, for reasons neither I nor my colleagues can understand, were left on the cutting room floor when this series was edited.
During a Television Critics Association panel in mid January, filmmakers Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi responded to this common critique of their work. "Of course we left out evidence," Ricciardi said. "We aren't putting on a trial but a film. We're documentary filmmakers. We're not prosecutors. We set out to examine the criminal justice system and how it's functioning today. It would have been impossible for us to include every piece of evidence that was submitted to the court. We took our cues from the prosecutions — that's what we included."
Alvear concludes that Halbach "deserves better than this."
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