NABJ Response to Issues at KTVI/FOX 2 in St. Louis
Friday, July 29, 2016
Posted by: Aprill Turner
The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) applauds KTVI Fox 2 News in St. Louis for firing a reporter who made reprehensible comments about Michael Brown Jr., whose 2014 death in Ferguson, Mo., sparked the Black Lives Matter movement.
In a post about Brown’s mother, Lezley McSpadden, being asked to speak at the Democratic National Convention, Bobby Hughes, an overnight photographer/journalist with FOX affiliate KTVI, posted in a Facebook group that “She’s going to talk about the new lead diet she’s endorsed. Five servings and you can lose 200 lbs in two years easily.”
The post was taken down and Hughes issued an apology. St. Louis journalists are reporting that he has been fired.
NABJ also applauds the Ethical Society of Police, an organization representing some 200 minority police officers, for bringing light to the comments and demanding action.
“An apology was not enough,” said Marlon A. Walker, NABJ’s vice president of print, who previously worked for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “Race relations in the St. Louis area already were tense before Michael Brown’s death. To poke the bear while the wounds are still fresh from Aug. 9, 2014, was irresponsible.
“Our jobs as journalists dictate we do better.”
(Related: Black officers call for dismissal of Fox 2 reporter -- http://www.stlamerican.com/news/local_news/black-police-officers-slam-fox-st-louis-photographer-for-disheartening/article_18c73814-538e-11e6-80ab-23a8ebd2e6ec.html)
An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide.