Teacher of the year has cute name.
I mean the teacher of the year for 2007 has a fitting or apt name, it is Smart. Funny ha ha ha.
WCCO decided his name was too good to pass up and put it high in the story.
The challenge for this was probably the reporter sitting down and having an epiphany, "OH my god, his name is Smart and he's a teacher, Pulitzer here I come."
The associated press in all their regality decided not to mention the teacher's last name and how achingly cute it fits in with the teacher of the year award.
I think that local television news is mostly tabloid journalism. This story probably ran on the air as one of their before we go segments. Giving viewers something happy to smile about before they go to bed.