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Charlo Greene Catches Attention of State Election Commission

Greene at DeskThe Associated Press reports the KTVA “F*#ck it!” reporter who quit on air while reporting about a pot business she owned, has attracted the attention of a state commission that enforces election laws.

The Alaska Public Offices Commission wants to know whether Charlo Greene used crowdsourcing funds to advocate for a ballot initiative to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. It says it’s trying to determine whether money that was spent would trigger reporting requirements.

Greene is the professional name used by Charlene Egbe, who considers the commission action to be harassment. She says if the panel continues to bother her, she will “most certainly” sue.

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Alaskans Agree with Former Reporter, Say ‘F@*k It! Let’s Legalize Marijuana’

Greene at DeskFormer KTVA reporter turned marijuana activist, Charlo Greene, is celebrating somewhere in Alaska.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, the Alaska Dispatch News said Alaskans voted 52 percent to 48 percent to legalize marijuana in the state.

Greene, the reporter who quit on-air by saying “Fuck it! I quit” after revealing her ties to a pot club she had been reporting on, posted the news to her facebook page, “That just happened,” wrote Greene. “WE legalized marijuana in Alaska. Still in shock.”

There had been some concern Greene, who was the president of the Alaska Cannabis Club, had used her public platform to sway the vote towards the pro side in her reporting.

“Yes, I had an awesome job as a TV journalist, but it was just that — a job. Now, I’m working for a cause — marijuana reform — and every day is so much more fulfilling,” Greene told MTV the day before Alaskans approved the measure.

She added, “Regardless of what happens on November 4, I will continue working for marijuana reform across the nation and the world. This is my calling and I think justice will prevail.”

PACs Flood Stations with Cash: ‘We’re Just Being Forced to Take their Money’

Nancy Johnson, general sales manager of Anchorage NBC affiliate KTUU, has precisely zero complaints about the flood of political ad spending hitting stations ahead of Election Day. “We’re just being forced to take their money,” Johnson told Bloomberg. “The economics of broadcast TV stations aren’t what they were a decade ago, so it helps to have an influx of capital.”

There’s so much cash to be had, Bloomberg cites one station adding a newscast just to sell the time:

One group is happy: Station owners and managers. Tight races and the explosion of spending by super political action committees are paying off in huge ways.

“We’ve become the epicenter,” said Dale Woods, president and general manager of WHO-TV in Des Moines, Iowa. “The intensity used to be after Labor Day. That process, this year, started in July and August.”

The airwaves are so packed that Woods decided to add another hour-long newscast to his lineup — not because there’s a ton of news in Des Moines, but because he knew he could sell the time. At rates that can easily top $1,000 a minute, it’s a gold rush that ends abruptly Nov. 4.

What’s actually airing during all those paid-in-full hours? ABC News rounded up the strangest of the 2014 political ads.

Alaska Station Launches New Look


Anchorage NBC affiliate KTUU debuted a new look today.

The set, designed by FX Design Group, borrows its look from the natural beauty of Alaska and the colors of the Northern Lights.

The overall design is a large, two story set with balconies. The sweeping staircase leading to the balcony gives the feeling of climbing a mountain. Despite the size of the set, viewers will be struck by its warmth and intimate appeal.

“Every local market is unique. However, KTUU’s reach spans nearly the entire the state of Alaska, about one-fifth the size of the continental U.S.,” KTUU news director Tracy Sabo said in a statement. “This reach is truly unique in any local market, and KTUU’s loyal audience expects the very best in quality from the station they’ve chosen as Alaska’s News Source. FX Design has allowed KTUU to continue that tradition of excellence.”

The Anchorage NBC affiliate also launched a new graphic look designed by Giant Octopus, a division of FX Design Group.

Check out stills of the set and a time lapse of the set build after the jump. Read more

Charlo Greene Agrees She Violated ‘Basic Bedrock of Responsible Journalism’

greene sparking croppedAs our sister site, TVNewser reported, Charlo Greene, the Anchorage reporter who dropped the F-Bomb, and then her job, lit up during an interview with Huffington Post Live today.

Greene waited until after she told host Alyona Minkovski she agreed with KTVA news director Bert Rudman who said Greene “betrayed the basic bedrock of responsible journalism” by reporting on her own business.

“I have a journalism degree. I know in journalism there is a line that you’re not supposed to cross,” said Greene. “And the minute that I bought my business license on 4/20 of this year, I shouldn’t have reported on any marijuana story. But if I had gone to my boss and said, ‘Hey. I just bought this company,’ I would have been fired. Period”

When Minkovski asked Greene if she was going to wait till the interview was over to light the joint she was holding in her hand, Greene said she’d spark it up right now. Then she did. Watch it after the jump. Read more

Charlo Greene’s F-Bomb Farewell Could Damage More Than Just Her Career

Picture 1Charlo Greene‘s F-Bomb exit from Anchorage, Alaska CBS affiliate KTVA might have been good for internet clicks, but it may also cause collateral damage to the trust voters and viewers place in the results of the upcoming election and the station where she used to work.

According to the Alaska Dispatch News, Greene’s views on legalizing marijuana had been called into question by the initiative’s opposition after her five part series on the vote aired on KTVA.

After the series aired — days after Greene officially registered her Alaska Cannabis Club business under her legal name — Vote No On 2 campaign spokeswoman Deborah Williams met with KTVA’s news director, she said.

“We asked for a meeting with the news director,” Williams said. “ We sat down and spent at least an hour pointing out what we thought were the biases and inaccuracies in her stories and providing him with the information we thought to be crucial to include.”

Greene later admitted Williams’ suspicions were correct.

Greene, who could not be reached Monday for this story, told Vice.com that she went public because “polling is showing support is slipping” for the Alaska legalization initiative and she felt frustrated by what she saw as misinformation circulated by those against legalization.

“Otherwise I would have just been behind the scenes (in the media) the entire time, just making sure the fear mongering, and the non-facts they put out there that journalists never want to do the work to actually fact check themselves — I would have just stayed there to make sure it’s a fair fight,” she told Vice. “But polling has been showing that the fear-mongering is working, so I had to step away to make sure Alaskans know what’s really at stake. And the opportunity that is ahead of us.” Read more

KTVA Says F-Bomb Anchor Never Disclosed Pot Club Ties

KTVA bert rudmanSaying Charlo Greene “betrayed the basic bedrock of responsible journalism,” by not disclosing her ties to the Alaska Cannabis Club before reporting on it, KTVA news director Bert Rudman apologized to viewers in a video posted to the station website last night.

Click here to watch the video.

Rudman also apologized for Greene’s choice of language. He then added, “At KTVA we strive to live up to the highest journalistic standards of fairness and transparency. Sunday’s breach of those standards is unacceptable and cannot be tolerated.”

Reporter Who Dropped F-Bomb and Quit, Posts Video Explaning Why

Charlo Greene is back. This time the former KTVA reporter is in a campaign video on IndieGogo to support Ballot Measure 2 which she describes as “the initiative to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Alaska.”

Green writes on the site, “I just quit my news reporting job on live TV to announce that I am redirecting all of my energy toward helping to end a failed drug policy that has ruined the lives of far too many Americans.”

“I’m making it my life work,” Green said in her video. “To uphold what America stands for truly, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, ideals that now need to be defended. But I can’t do this alone. I need you in the very least to start the conversation.”

Alaska Reporter Drops ‘F-Bomb’ As She Quits On Air

Search for any reference to reporter Charlo Greene on the website for Anchorage, Alaska CBS affiliate KTVA this morning, and you’ll get a message that “no results match your search criteria.” The only reference you’ll find to Greene’s time at the station is an apology message posted to the site:

Dear Viewers,

We sincerely apologize for the inappropriate language used by a KTVA reporter during her live presentation on the air tonight. The employee has been terminated.

Bert Rudman
KTVA 11 News – Anchorage

Greene, on the station’s Sunday night 10 p.m. newscast, revealed herself to be the owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club–the campaign to legalize marijuana in Alaska a story she had previously covered, without mentioning her interest in the issue:

“Now everything you heard is why I, the actual owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club, will be dedicating all of my energy toward fighting for freedom and fairness which begins with legalizing marijuana here in Alaska.

“And as for this job, well, not that I have a choice but, f**k it, I quit.”

Sheila Balistreri Signs Off From KTUU

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Longtime KTUU morning anchor Sheila Balistreri said goodbye to viewers of the Anchorage, AK, NBC affiliate Friday.

Balsitreri started her broadcasting career at KFYR in Bismarck, ND. Before she came to KTUU in 1994 she worked in radio in Salt Lake City, UT, with a stop at NBC affiliate KSL.

As part of her send off, she got a goodbye from Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie from NBC’s Today Show and, according to the Alaska Dispatch, red rose petals in the hallway leading to the studio.

Balistreri has been with “Morning Edition” since day one, working the grueling 11 p.m. to 8 a.m. overnight shift required to produce the show while the rest of Alaska slept. For years, she worked through the night to produce the show, sometimes even at personal expense. She said her family would often note that it seemed like she was in a fog when she got home, a result of giving all her energy to making sure the job was done right, she said

Maria Downey, assistant news director and longtime evening news anchor, said Balistreri was a perfect fit to start the morning newscast, with her strong news experience and commitment to Alaska. Downey noted Balistreri was always willing to get up early and couldn’t remember a time she called in sick. Even with the grueling shift, and other anchors coming and going over the years, Balistreri remained a fixture. Read more

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