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WUSA to Host Final Mayoral Debate in D.C. Democratic Primary Race

bruce johnsonCBS affiliate WUSA will host the final debate in the Washington, D.C. Democratic primary race tonight. The race’s top four candidates — incumbent Vince Gray, Muriel Bowser, Tommy Wells and Jack Evans — will square off at 7 p.m. live from WUSA’s studios.

The debate will be moderated by Bruce Johnson (pictured), who has been covering D.C. politics for WUSA for more than 30 years.

“The political management of the District is hugely important here in D.C. in its own right, and obviously D.C. voters deserve a final opportunity to hear from the top candidates,” WUSA news director Fred D’Ambrosi said in a statement. “The fact that DC’s premiere political reporter Bruce Johnson is so passionate about local politics makes producing and carrying the debate an easy call.”

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Should WUSA Have Aired Footage of Crew Attack?

bye_wusa_304After WUSA reporter Bruce Johnson and photographer Danielle Gill were attacked covering a home invasion earlier this week, the CBS affiliate aired reported on the incident. Noting that the woman in the video has not yet been identified — and therefore could have been one of the victims of the home invasion –The Washington Post wonders if the story should have aired at all:

Johnson says he doesn’t know the identity of the woman who attacked him or the circumstances that led her to the townhouse in which D.C. police said four armed men held eight people hostage and assaulted three of them. Neither does his boss, WUSA news director Fred D’Ambrosi.

Which leaves open the question: Was the woman one of the victims? Considering that most media organizations won’t identify survivors of violent crimes, out of concern for their privacy and safety, did TV crews cross a line in recording her and airing the footage?

[...] “If the definition of news is something unusual happening, this was certainly something unusual,” D’Ambrosi said. Read more

WATCH: ‘GoodBye!’ WUSA Crew Attacked While Covering Home Invasion


A WUSA crew was maced and punched while covering a home invasion in Washington, DC where the station said several people were held hostage overnight.

Reporter Bruce Johnson and photographer Daniell Gill caught the attention of a woman inside the house who demanded the CBS affiliate’s crew leave and repeatedly told them, “Goodbye.” When they told her they were standing on public property, she sprayed mace at them and then got physical with them until they agreed to go.

“We don’t know who the young woman was in that video,” said Johnson on-air. “It’s possible, just possible she could have been one of those people held hostage at gunpoint inside the house.”

Johnson said neither he nor Gill will file charges saying they don’t know what she had gone through before they got there. He said they’d leave that up to the police.

WUSA Reporter Picked Up on FBI Wiretap, Now Worried About Sources

WUSA reporter Bruce Johnson is concerned his sources may not pick up the phone after it was revealed the FBI had recorded his communication with now-disgraced Washington, D.C. councilman Michael Brown.

“I’m not going to be surprised if I call someone at some point in the near future and they say ‘I can’t talk to you because the FBI might be listening,’” Johnson told reporter Bruce Leshan, a colleague at the Washington, D.C. CBS affiliate. “Bottom line, of course it’s unsettling when you get a call saying the FBI has heard part of your conversation.”

Johnson was told by an email from the U.S. Attorney’s office that “wire and/or electronic communications to or from your telephone were intercepted.” You can watch the video report after the jump. Read more