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KSTP Reporter Fired After Inadvertently Publishing ‘Inappropriate Gay Reference’

KSTP reporter Mark Saxenmeyer was fired from the Minneapolis ABC affiliate this week after he made an “inappropriate gay reference” that was posted on the station’s website, according to The Star Tribune. Saxenmeyer, who is gay, explains the “bizarre ironic” incident in a lengthy interview with The Star Tribune’s C.J.:

On Saturday, Saxenmeyer wanted to do the story about gay Twin Cities fathers Paul Melchert and James Zimmerman being invited to attend the Obama White House’s 2013 Easter Egg Roll with their 3-year-old twins, Emmett and Gabriel. The interview was scheduled during a time of day that Saxenmeyer was not working, so he passed the story on to colleague Katherine Johnson.

“We were having a conversation about sensitivity issues when it comes to things like that. She was asking what are the appropriate questions to ask a gay couple? It was good conversation because, as a gay man, I like to help people better understand gay people, and oftentimes you can do that through humor.

“I’m an admitted jokester. Humor defuses awkward situations. Sometimes through humor you gain a better understanding. She was in the process of writing her Web script on her computer. So I wrote a few things into the Web script to make her laugh.

“She came over, looked at [what he’d written], laughed, and I said, ‘Make sure you delete that because obviously that would not be funny out of context.’ She deleted most of it. There was one little part she missed when she closed it.” Read more

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10 Months After WFLD Departure, Veteran Reporter Mark Saxenmeyer Will Join KSTP

Former WFLD reporter Mark Saxenmeyer, who was cut loose at the Fox O&O in December after 16 years with the station, has landed at KSTP, where he will start October 3 as a reporter.

Saxenmeyer, who lived in Bloomington, MN until he was 18, grew up watching KSTP, the ABC-affiliate in Minneapolis. “It’s the station that made me want to get into TV news in the first place,” he told TVSpy in an email. “They’re a vibrant TV news operation.”

Saxenmeyer has been honored with several awards for his reporting, including a national Edward R. Murrow award and multiple Emmys.

“What’s most heartening to me is that [KTSP is] interested in hiring someone who has some grey hair,” Saxenmeyer said. “In an age when it seems being a ‘veteran’ (a.k.a. over the age of 40) in the TV news biz puts a bullseye on your back, and people with little or no experience are landing the jobs (even in the third-largest TV market), let’s just say I’m thrilled to be given this opportunity in the 15th-largest market.”