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Court Rules WTMJ Did Not Violate Bus Driver’s Privacy With On-Camera Confrontation

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A state appeals court has ruled that WTMJ, the NBC affiliate in Milwaukee, did not violate a school bus driver’s privacy when investigative reporter Robert Koebel confronted her on-camera about a past prostitution conviction.

The report, which aired in April of last year, was an investigative report about about Milwaukee school bus drivers who had criminal records. The station obtained the information through an open-records request and then used police reports to identify people who had been convicted of a crime. After the report aired, the bus driver, Melissa Dumas, was fired. She sued Koebel and WTMJ’s parent company, Journal Communications, alleging invasion of privacy.

According to the Associated Press, a lower court ruled that the bus driver’s conviction was public record and WTMJ’s report was protected under the first amendment. The appeals court upheld the decision, saying that the information was “undoubtedly embarrassing” but also a “matter of public concern.”

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Bus Driver Sues WTMJ Reporter For Ambushing Her About Prostitution Past

A Milwaukee school bus driver is suing WTMJ reporter Robert Koebel, as well as the station’s owner, Journal Communications, over an investigative report Koebel did in which he publicly confronted the driver about her prostitution past.

Earlier this year, Koebel did background checks on a bunch of Milwaukee school bus drivers and found that one, Melissa Dumas, was busted by an undercover police office several years ago and convicted on a misdemeanor prostitution charge. Koebel also found that Dumas was arrested over a decade ago on marijuana possession.

The veteran reporter, who joined WTMJ last year, then confronted Dumas in a parking lot about her past (video after the jump). Read more