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KXAS Reporter Gets Stuck in the Mud

KXASJeff Smith got stuck in the mud this weekend while he was reporting on low lake levels for the NBC-owned station in Dallas.

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 Reports Canceled After Masked Man Alarms Crew

KMOV masked manKMOV 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.”

From a 14-Box to a 25-Box

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:

WSB 24 box

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.’

KSTP Crew Involved in Highway Crash: ‘We’re Gonna Hit!’

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.

WTXL Promo Appears During Live Shot on Rival WCTV

During a WCTV live shot Friday from the Tallahassee Regional Airport, a promo for rival WTXL flashed on the screen behind reporter James Buechele (picture above; video here).

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.

VIDEO: KOMO’s Keith Eldridge Reports From Inside an Adult Entertainment Shop

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 Spends the Night in Breezy Point Neighborhood Still Without Power, Heat After Sandy

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.

After a String of Media-Related Violence in Oakland, Stations Consider Private Security for Crews

Last week, a KPIX photographer was beaten and robbed of his camera while reporting from Oakland, the eighth violent incident involving a member of the media since April. The San Francisco Chronicle reports some stations are now taking precautions to protect crews in the field:

Several stations used private security after being harassed and attacked during Occupy demonstrations late last year in downtown Oakland. Ed Chapuis, news director at KTVU, said guards are now hired on a case-by-case basis, depending on the situation and whether a crew requests one.

Tracey Watkowski, vice president of news for KGO-TV, said her station is looking at private security and “evaluating it as an option.”

One reporter at a Bay Area television station, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said some videographers are refusing to do stories in Oakland. “It’s scary, there’s no doubt about it,” she said. “But we’re not going to stop covering news in Oakland.” Read more

VIDEO: Cockroach Crawls Up Reporter’s Arm During KNBC Live Shot

Yesterday we told you about KIDK anchor Tudd Kunz keeping his cool as a spider crawled up his arm at the anchor desk. Today, another reporter gets props for maintaining composure on the air.

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

VIDEO: Twiggy the Squirrel Jumps on Photographer During KDFW Live Shot

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.”

“It was pretty funny, though,” Lauren Przybyl responded. Watch the video after the jump… Read more

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