After teasing the story of Alvarez’s arrest off the top of its 10:00 p.m. news, anchor Ashlie Rodriguez told viewers the station sent a crew to Alvarez’s house to get her side of the story. They then aired footage of a KVIA intern approaching Alvarez in what appeared to be Alvarez’s driveway. When Alvarez backed away from the intern, the intern said, “That’s fine. Thank you for your time,” which was echoed by what sounded like the photographer saying the same thing.
That report left some in El Paso, including a writer at the El Paso Times, questioning if the station was a little too aggressive in its reporting.
KVIA apologized to viewers for its coverage, once at at the end of the 10:00 p.m. news and once the next day when anchor Estela Casas told viewers, “Well last night we aired a story about KTSM’s Adrienne Alvarez. It was a misguided attempt to provide someone accused of wrongdoing a chance to explain her side of the story. However, we exercised an error in judgment. That type of report does not meet our standards for ethics or journalism and what you’ve come to expect from ABC-7. We assure you this has been a learning experience for those involved. We apologized at the end of yesterday’s newscast and we apologize again tonight.” Read more