Smith was eventually rescued by his photographer, Kevin Williams, but not before he did a live report from the knee-deep mud. “I knew that the mud was deep, I had mud boots on,” Smith said afterwards. “I knew it was probably pretty thick, but I had no idea it was that deep and that thick. I got stuck the moment I jumped off.” Watch:
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KMOV reporter Brittany Noble‘s live shot was canceled yesterday after a masked man was noticed hanging around near her stand-up location. Noble was scheduled to do a live intro to a report about recent thefts from construction sites, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports:
Shortly before air time, Noble and cameraman Alonzo Medcalf noticed a man wearing a white mask pacing in the background and occasionally ducking behind a truck, KMOV news director Brian Thouvenot said.
“The man went away, then came back (with a different mask),” Thouvenot said. “So for the safety of our crew, we decided to cancel the (live) shot.”
The crew went to the van and called Belleville police, Thouvenot said, adding that Medcalf kept the camera rolling and collected footage of the masked man.
Noble posted video of the man to Instagram. “I wanted to go live @5 today but this guy kept watching me so I called police. If you know who he is contact them.”
With Atlanta still in crisis mode after yesterday’s winter storm, ABC affiliate WSB has added even more reporters to its coverage. At the top of the 4 p.m. newscast today, WSB debuted a 25-box. Most impressively, the station was able to get all 25 reporters on the screen at once:
For those of you keeping track at home, that’s 11 reporters more than WSB had yesterday and 15 more than CNBC’s infamous ‘decabox.’
A KSTP crew was involved in a highway crash in while covering road conditions during a winter storm (video above). There were no injuries in the accident, which happened Wednesday morning on Interstate 94 in Minneapolis.
“We only had a few scratches on our silver Honda pilot,” reporter Todd Wilson, who was in the car with photographer Adam Stevens, said on KSTP’s evening newscast Wednesday. “We came out of it unhurt, but it shows the importance of driving slowly and staying aware.”
Video of the KSTP crash was on both “Good Morning America” and “Today” this morning.
Buechele was talking about the airport’s potential expansion when the ad in the terminal flipped over to a graphic featuring WTXL anchors Mika Highsmith and Greg Angel. The promo aired twice, both before and after Buechele’s taped package.
File this under unique stand-up locations: KOMO’s Keith Eldridge reported Thursday from inside an adult entertainment shop in Seattle (video above).
The store, “Lovers,” was the site of a recent burglary. A man broke into the store and stole a mannequin, which broke in half while he dragged it to the door. The same man allegedly broke into the store again later that night — wearing the wig from the mannequin — to steal clothes and other items.
Eldridge finished his report inside the store, using the mannequins as props. “The folks here are surprised that the suspect didn’t come back trying to get the lower half of the mannequin he stole,” he said. “He just took off with some cheap lingerie.”
WNBC reporter Jonathan Vigliotti spent the night with a family in Breezy Point, Queens, where a large portion of the residents are still without power, heat or running water a month after Hurricane Sandy (video above).
Vigliotti bunked with a couple and their dog, who have been sleeping in sleeping bags, using lanterns for light and flushing their toilets with bottled water. Many homes in the Breezy Point neighborhood were destroyed when a fire ripped through the town during the Hurricane, but Vigliotti reports the residents still have a positive attitude.
“They realize they have lost so much, but they are fortunate, they say,” he said.
During a live shot on KNBC‘s 11 p.m. newscast, a cockroach crawled up Robert Kovacik‘s shoulder and down his other sleeve (video above). Kovacik tweeted about his “new pet” on Friday morning: Read more
A water-skiing squirrel named Twiggy wreaked havoc on the KDFW newscast this morning.
Reporter Fiona Gorostiza was holding Twiggy while reporting from Dallas’ Mayfest when the squirrel jumped out of her hands and onto her photographer.
“The water skiing squirrel was a fiasco,” co-anchor Tim Ryan said later in the newscast. “It was a bust.”
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