"Buried" is a documentary-style podcast about the disappearance of a young mother from a rural Texas town in 1991. It's about the effect her disappearance had on her three children, her brother and sisters, and those to whom she was romantically linked. And it's about the abject failure of past and present law enforcement representatives, who say they didn't even know she was missing until 2010, to offer any real help to those who seek to put the mystery of her vanishing to rest.
Our show's listeners are curious, loyal, and advocates for holding guilty parties accountable. They're passionate about this case and vocal about their desire for the next episode, always. The program is making rounds in true crime and unsolved mystery circles. Our storytelling on this podcast has been covered by multiple news outlets, as listed in the 'press' section of our webpage, http://ketr.org/programs/buried.
Our host and journalist, George Hale, recently won two first place awards from the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters for his beat reporting and investigative reporting related to this story. Together, he and producer Jerrod Knight won first place for 'Use of Actuality,' a recognition of the work we're doing to bring real field audio into the podcast as a necessary element.
Our host radio station, 88.9 KETR, has invested significant resource in our production, and we've leveraged that resource into a dedicated following. It's time for us to stand on our own legs and use the podcast to pay for the continued investment in this story. We would be THRILLED to incorporate sponsor messages - our listeners have indicated they'd tolerate this type of messaging and we will be happy to encourage them to patronize your business. We'd love to keep the tone of the public radio station from which we operate in our sponsorship messages (subdued, serious, effective,) but we are willing to work with you to craft something mutually beneficial.
We can't wait to enlist your help in the gathering and sharing of this tragic, continuously-relevant story.
About the Host
Host Name: George Hale
George Hale is a radio reporter for KETR and the host of its investigative podcast Buried.
Hale’s reporting focuses on law enforcement accountability in rural areas in northeast Texas. In 2017, Hale started a year-long investigation into a sheriff’s office’s mishandling of missing persons cases.
Prior to Buried, Hale’s reporting for KETR has focused on the environmental impact of development. In 2016, he produced a series of stories about a controversial reservoir’s approval.
Hale joined KETR in 2016 after spending nearly eight years reporting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He has reported from Israel and the West Bank, Egypt and Jordan.
Hale has received three First Place awards for investigative reporting, environmental journalism and production work from the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters in the Radio II division.
Hale earned a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from the George Washington University in Washington, where he concentrated on Middle East security policy and Semitic languages. He also holds graduate certificate in Media Management from The New School in New York.
Average Episode Length
20 Minutes - 1 Hour
Twice a Month
True Crime, law enforcement, justice, missing persons, local government, mystery, intrigue
Social Media Reach
Description of Reach
"Buried" distributes on most major podcast platforms including NPR One, iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, Pocket Casts, Podbean, and more. In addition to episode ads, we'd be pleased to promote you on our social media channels at no charge. We can do tweets on our Twitter account (76 followers,) posts on our Facebook Page (480 followers and growing,) and posts on our instagram (101 followers.) All of our social audiences are growing, and engagement is very high.