The GUARDIAN was out of town and missed the severe weather–which was nice. But we also missed what was apparently a classic DOPE REPORTER situation.
Here is the nomination:
You probably missed Alyson Outen on the roof at the KTVB studios, right after we had a tornado warning in Ada County and a Severe Thunderstorm warning was still in effect. The large hail (1/2-inch plus in diameter) started as she was standing there on the roof. After her report, they said, “DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME!” Well, duh! Why on earth would you send a reporter to the roof of a building when tornadoes and lightning are a real possibility?! I would give the dope award to the assignment editor or news director who was willing to endanger the lives of their reporter and camera person.
A second GUARDIAN reader made the nomination, but also offered a “common sense” award to Rick Lantz who “ordered” Alyson off the roof. Nice job Rick. Those meteorologist academy classes paid off.
Congratulations to the award winning news team at KTVB-7!
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