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Two Virginia Journalists Killed During Live Shot — RTDNA Message

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Roanoke, VA — Two journalists were killed this morning in what can only be described as an attack during a live shot this morning on local CBS affiliate WDBJ; the victims, reporter Alison Ward and photographer Adam Ward were fatally when eight shots rang out during a live shot at Bridgewater Plaza around 6.45am EDT. The other shooting victim is in surgery at a local hospital.

The following is a message from the RTDNA Executive Director, MIke Cavender

26 August 2015

Contact: Mike Cavender
RTDNA Executive Director

RTDNA Mourns Deaths of Virginia Journalists

WASHINGTON – The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) mourns the deaths of WDBJ-TV journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward, who were shot and killed while reporting during a Wednesday morning broadcast. The reporter and photographer team were in the middle of a live report on the air when several shots were fired. A woman they were interviewing was also shot and wounded.

“RTDNA is horrified and saddened by the senseless deaths of Alison Parker and Adam Ward, the two WDBJ employees,” said Mike Cavender, RTDNA Executive Director. “While the shootings are under investigation, our most sincere sympathies go out to their families and friends and all who worked with them at WDBJ.”

“Tragically, these shootings are the worst example in a continuing series of attacks on live television crews,” he added, “Safety and security of our people is always of paramount concern, but as these attacks show, such violence can occur even in the most unexpected of situations.”


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