Kabaka Oba shot outside City Hall

It was a very eventful and sad day Wednesday. On my new City Hall beat for The Cincinnati Post, I’m discovering I’ll never know what might happen. Kabaka Oba – or anyone, for that matter – being shot right in front of City Hall, during a City Council meeting, no less, was not in my Top Ten of things I thought I’d ever see.

I wrote a first person and a main news story about yesterday’s events for The Post. I will likely share more about what happened yesterday here.

For now, though, I am discovering more and more why I love journalism. Not because of what I get to see (though that sometimes is true), but because of what I get to experience in the life of this city, this state, this country, this world – the good, the bad and the ugly.

On a weirdly happier note, Mama was proud this morning. I made The New York Times. Even if is only me, in a photo, on a cell phone, doing my job – and with the sad circumstances unfolding before me.

Author: Joe Wessels

Joe Wessels is a freelance journalist and photographer. Wessels covers local news events for Thomson Reuters news service and features for About.com's Cincinnati Guide site, plus is the executive director of hyperlocal news site, iRhine.com. He wrote for The Cincinnati Post, covering Cincinnati City Hall and Hamilton County government and wrote a weekly political column, which continued weekly at Cincinnati CityBeat. Previously, he was a reporter for the Cincinnati Business Courier and writes or has written for several publications in Cincinnati and around the country including The Cincinnati Enquirer, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Cincinnati Magazine, Cincy Magazine and the Sacramento News & Review. He is a native of Colerain Township, one of Cincinnati's western suburbs, and now lives in Over-the-Rhine near downtown Cincinnati. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a journalism writing certificate from the University of Cincinnati. He also graduated from Colerain High School, is an avid photographer, news junkie and was once a roller rink disc jockey, and sometimes rides a scooter around town.

3 thoughts on “Kabaka Oba shot outside City Hall”

  1. I saw you live on television while at work…
    I used to cover City Hall, it’s something I didn’t think would ever happen either, but there it was.
    I even had to go down there and see it for myself.

  2. Cincinnati Change Media Statement

    From Chairman of Cincinnati Change Fred Hargrove, Sr., PE, MBA

    For Immediate Release: April 15, 2006

    Contact: Nubian Oracle [email protected]

    Cincinnati Change Fred Hargrove, Sr. issues the following statement on the passing of Michael Bailey [ General Kabaka Oba].”I hereby express my deepest sympathy and condolences to the family of Michael Bailey as Chairman of Cincinnati Change. Michael Bailey, 47, who was also known as General Kabaka Oba is dead.

    I did not know Michael Bailey for many years and was introduced to him through Cincinnati Change’s support for some of the ideals of the Millions More Movement.

    Even though he was controversial in some circles, some of the ideals that he talked about like economic inclusion and justice cannot be disputed and should be embraced by us all.

    We hereby pick up the challenge before us in this my hometown.” Come met with us at the 100 Male March on 30 April 2006 at peoples Corner and lets make an end to action like that which killed our brother.

  3. my name is william bonner and i was actually there when he was shot furthermore i was the first to take pictures and i noticed something about his death that was never told .

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