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Three Months After Don Harman’s Suicide, WDAF to Air Special on Depression

The colleagues of WDAF meteorologist Don Harman, who killed himself last year, will host a special program tomorrow night on depression and suicide prevention.

“After Don’s death, so many people called to show their support for us, but they also called and emailed needing help for themselves or someone they know,” WDAF anchor Mark Alford told Bottom Line Communications. “One thing is very clear, and that is we HAVE to start talking about this subject.”

The half-hour long special, “You Matter,” will air Wednesday evening at 9:30 p.m. It will be hosted by Alford, as well as Loren Halifax and Nick Vasos, Harman’s co-workers on the WDAF morning newscast.

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Hundreds Attend Public Memorial For Don Harman

More than 300 people gathered at Kansas City’s Union Station on Saturday to mourn Don Harman, the WDAF meteorologist who committed suicide last month.

“His death feels like a family member died, and yet I’ve never met him in person,” Kansas City resident Joseph Hostetler told the Kansas City Star. “I had to come.”

The crowd gathered around a large screen and watched videos and pictures of Harman before the ceremony, which was broadcast live on WDAF, began. Several WDAF colleagues — including anchor Mark Alford, reporter Nick Vasos and station general manager Cheryl McDonald — delivered tributes to Harman.  Read more

WDAF Tells Viewers of Don Harman’s Suicide: ‘If You Struggle Too, Please Don’t Ever Stop Trying’

In a candid and emotional segment on the WDAF morning newscast today, anchors Mark Alford and Loren Halifax shared details of Don Harman‘s struggle with depression at the request of his family (video above).

“They wanted us to be frank with you about it,” Halifax, on the verge of tears, said. “They want you to know, if you struggle, or if someone else you know struggles, please don’t ever stop trying. Please don’t ever stop trying to get help.” Read more

WDAF Meteorologist Don Harman Dies From Apparent Suicide

Don Harman, the longtime morning meteorologist at WDAF in Kansas City, died yesterday. He was 41.

Sources say Harman’s death was a suicide, although the station has not yet announced an official cause of death. The 12-year veteran of the station was on the air as recently as yesterday.

Before WDAF’s Karli Ritter delivered the weather report on this morning’s newscast, anchors Mark Alford and Loren Halifax read a statement similar to what the station posted on Facebook early this morning. Read more

WDAF Traffic Reporter Ends Morning Newscast by Spilling Hot Coffee on Anchor

Traffic reporter Bill Hurrelbrink ended WDAF‘s morning newscast today owing anchor Mark Alford some money for dry cleaning.

While punctuating his final traffic update with hand motions, Hurrelbrink knocked over a cup of hot coffee onto Alford’s lap (video above).