As a former radio news producer – hell, a human being – I couldn’t imagine the difficult job the folks at WDJB-TV in Roanoke, VA had today with doing their work. As many of us know, yesterday morning (August 26th) at 6:45 a.m. ET, news reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were shot and killed by Vester Flanagan II (a former co-worker/reporter, who used the on-air name of Bryce Williams) during a live broadcast. Flanagan later killed himself during a law-enforcement manhunt.
The station held a moment of silence this morning at 6:45, in honor of their slain colleagues. Alison was engaged to be married to news anchor, Chris Furst. Adam’s fiancée, producer Melissa Ott, was due to celebrate her last day with the station yesterday. Instead, both Chris and Melissa – and now, several thousand folks – viewed a nightmare in real life, real time.
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