Word on the Street is a Marquette, Michigan-based online news and opinion publication written by former CNN reporter Brian Cabell. Word on the Street covers the pulse of what’s going on in Marquette County, including businesses opening and closing, upcoming events, news about notable local figures, public policy changes, and more. Brian applies an investigative style of reporting seldom seen now in local news, and gives his take on the facts as he sees them. Started in 2014 as a casual blog, Word on the Street is now a powerful force in local news, garnering up to 160,000 views every month across a wide viewer demographic.
Word on the Street is an affiliate of Cabell Publishing, LLC.
Brian Cabell – Publisher & Editor
Brian Cabell moved to Marquette, Michigan in 2004 after spending almost 30 years in TV news as a reporter and anchor.
He worked at CNN for 14 years as a correspondent out of the Atlanta bureau where he covered hundreds of stories, including the 9-11 tragedy from Pennsylvania, New York and the Pentagon, along with literally dozens of hurricanes, a coup in Haiti, the landmark lawsuit against the tobacco industry, the shuttle explosion, the Jonbenet Ramsey murder, as well as legal cases against Michael Jackson and Kobe Bryant.
His favorite stories, though, were those involving ordinary people doing exceptional things along the back roads of Georgia, Mississippi, and Alabama.
When he arrived in the U.P. in 2004, he became the news director at WLUC, a position he held until he retired in 2011. One of his greatest joys there was mentoring young, smart and enthusiastic journalists fresh out of college.
In his pre-TV life, Brian was born and raised in northern California. He was educated at George Washington University in Washington DC where he took part in numerous political protests, lived in an urban commune, dabbled in drugs, and spent brief periods suspended from college and in a mental hospital.
In the summer of 1966, he spent three months as a civil rights worker in Mississippi.
After college, he lived in the Haight Ashbury district of San Francisco and along the beaches of southern California, while also traveling to Europe, Mexico and South America.
Since retiring from TV, Brian has written four books and writes Word on the Street.
Doug Garrison – Director of Advertising
Doug Garrison, a seasoned advertising professional and creator of “The Doug Garrison Show,” is the friendly face behind Word on the Street’s advertising products.
If you’d like to know more about Doug, call him at 906 226-9768. He’d love to talk with you!
Justin Carlson – Operations Manager
Justin Carlson has a swath of experience working in media and marketing. A 2012 graduate of Northern Michigan University, Justin started a Marquette-based digital marketing agency, CarlsonMedia, in 2014. The same year, Justin joined Brian Cabell to help expand Word on the Street’s readership and create a platform in which local businesses could advertise effectively through the publication.
Justin has worked with startups, nonprofits, restaurants, hotels, software companies, and political campaigns to help implement smart marketing and PR strategies. Justin is active in the Marquette community, and volunteers on the boards of Connect Marquette, 906 Adventure Team, and the Michigan Iron Industry Museum.
Justin enjoys photography, flying his drone, traveling, and studying nutrition and fitness.
Today, Justin’s role at Word on the Street is leading backend operations to help ensure it consistently serves the needs of its readers and advertisers.