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KTBS Fires Rhonda Lee For Violating Social Media Policy. Lee: ‘I have yet to see this policy’

Former KTBS meteorologist Rhonda Lee, who was terminated at the Shreveport ABC affiliate last month for “repeated violations” of the station’s social media policy, is firing back at station management, claiming she was unaware such a policy existed.

In October, a viewer wrote on the station’s Facebook page: “the black lady that does the news is a very nice lady. the only thing is she needs to wear a wig or grow some more hair. im not sure if she is a cancer patient. but its still not something myself that i think looks good on tv.”

Lee posted a lengthy response to the viewer, which she provided to Journal-isms:

Hello Emmitt–I am the ‘black lady’ to which you are referring. I’m sorry you don’t like my ethnic hair. And no I don’t have cancer. I’m a non-smoking, 5’3, 121 lbs, 25 mile a week running, 37.5 year old woman, and I’m in perfectly healthy physical condition.

I am very proud of my African-American ancestry which includes my hair. For your edification: traditionally our hair doesn’t grow downward. It grows upward. Many Black women use strong straightening agents in order to achieve a more European grade of hair and that is their choice. However in my case I don’t find it necessary. I’m very proud of who I am and the standard of beauty I display. Read more

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KING, KUSA, WKOW, WTHR, KCET Win duPont Awards

Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism announced 13 winners of the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards today. Among the local TV news winners: Seattle’s KING-TV for a story which exposed corruption in the ferry system; KUSA in Denver for its investigation of a foreclosure scam; Madison, Wisconsin’s WKOW-TV and reporter/producer Dan Cassuto for an 8-month investigation into the state’s Bureau of Consumer Protection; and WTHR-TV in Indianapolis and reporter/producer Bob Segall for a report on state officials inflating job statistics. Los Angeles’s soon-to-be former PBS affiliate, KCET will also take home a duPont award. FishbowlLA reports on their win.

NBC News anchor Brian Williams and CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien, will host the duPont Awards ceremony Thursday, Jan. 20 at Columbia University. Williams announced the winners this morning on the Awards website: