Ex-WTMJ reporter: I drank for three days after ex-wife’s TV interviews

– Rob Koebel’s WTMJ-TV promo shot (left) and mug shot

Last Friday, I posted a story about investigative reporter Rob Koebel losing his Milwaukee TV job after being arrested for urinating outside of an Apple Store, then telling a cop, “Do you know who you’re messing with?”

In today’s Journal Sentinel, Koebel tells media writer Duane Dudek: “I really don’t recall a lot about that evening.” He adds that “what really set me off in a three-day drinking binge leading up to the arrest” were two interviews that former wife and HLN (formerly CNN Headline News) anchor Christi Paul did in Atlanta to promote her book, “Love Isn’t Supposed to Hurt.”

Koebel’s ex-wife Christi Paul

Acccording to Amazon.com, the book is about “the emotional abuse heaped on [Paul] by her first husband, whose violent, profanity-laced tirades left her feeling as though she had no value, no self-worth and nowhere to turn for help.”

Koebel says he’s the abusive husband “Justin” in the book.

“It’s pretty apparent, at least for people in the industry,” he tells Dudek. “I get hate mail, so it’s hard not to figure out.”

The book, he says, “destroyed my life. …Obviously, I have to deal with my alcohol problem. It’s plagued me my entire life. And now it’s taken a good job.”

* Ex-reporter says he didn’t deserve public’s trust after arrest (jsonline.com)
* Milwaukee TV investigative reporter behaves badly (jimromenesko.com)