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Big in New Zealand

Jeremy D. Wells
Carter County Times

Most of you probably don’t know this, but there is another journalist named Jeremy Wells, right around my age, from New Zealand. He had the kind of career trajectory I might have had if I had better connections – and better hair – and, well, probably a lot more work ethic. 

New Zealand Jeremy Wells was an MTV VJ early in his television career. I used to cover a lot of music festivals, and was the entertainment editor of a daily newspaper by the time I was 25. But that’s as close as I got to ever really being as cool as New Zealand Jeremy Wells (NZJW). He’s a busy man, with a lot of projects going on that take him all over his country and surrounding areas. 

I know this because I often get his emails. 

Without giving too much away, our personal email addresses with a widely used provider are apparently about as close as our names, so I end up getting his itineraries a few times a year. This year I’ve already gotten several, with more frequency than in the past. Maybe it’s because of relaxing COVID restrictions? (Though I’m pretty sure New Zealand quashed that early on?)

What I know for sure is that NZJW is a busy man. And apparently pretty popular. Popular enough to stay busy, anyway. Or maybe the countryside is full of nothing but sheep and hobbits who refused to be evicted after they finished filming Lord of the Rings, so the bar is much lower. Maybe I could be big in New Zealand too. I can sing well enough, for my own people. (NOTE TO SELF: check quote against Pippin in film.) 

It’s probably the former though. It sounds like he has something really cool going on, unless I’m maybe reading too much into the last email I got. I won’t really say much, because the email contained personal and sensitive information, and it wasn’t really intended for me. But I will say it sounds like the kind of job I could only dream of… and I’ve always wanted to work on one of those roadtrip/travel shows. 

I’d love to tell you more, so you could help me figure out if my assumptions are correct, but we all know the Carter County Times is a favorite of New Zealand gossip columnists, and I wouldn’t want to set tongues a wagging on the other side of the globe. 

But, *unnamed car manufacturer*, if this thing with NZJW doesn’t work out – or better yet, if it does – hit me up. Kentucky is a gorgeous state. We could explore it together. It’d be fun. 

Jeremy D. Wells can be reached at editor@cartercountytimes.com

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