Television-ratings-sweeps periods turn even conscientious television newsies into fools for sex and mayhem. But one recent sweeps month found Channel 9's Jim Flink reporting the stories of patients denied treatment by their insurers. During another sweeps, he explained in great detail the trend of governments making liberal use of their power of eminent domain; the story aired months before the Supreme Court's controversial ruling on the subject. When he wasn't pitching big, new investigations, Flink chased the year's big stories (BTK, Precious Doe, the killings of rapper Fat Tone and mom-to-be Bobbie Jo Stinnett) with force and dignity. His blond highlights are pretty, too.