Virginia journalists killed during live broadcast

Ben Bogardus

"TV news managers have a rule: if a reporter or photographer feels threatened or has a 'bad feeling' about reporting live from a location, he or she can pack up and leave. No live shot is worth risking your crew's lives."         

That's what Ben Bogardus, an assistant teaching professor of journalism at Quinnipiac University who is an Emmy Award winning newscast producer, tells the students he teaches broadcast journalism to at the Ed McMahon Mass Communications Center at Quinnipiac.         

"What makes this case so frightening is that the story wasn't about crime in a bad part of town," Bogardus said.  "It was apparently about tourism in rural Virginia, a totally ordinary story with no hint of danger. That only reinforces the notion that reporters need to be on guard at all times and that no matter the story, if you're working a very visible and public job, you can be a target for violence."

Bogardus specializes in teaching media and broadcast news writing, TV reporting, and TV newscast producing. Before entering academics, he was the 5 p.m. newscast producer at WJLA, the ABC affiliate for Washington, D.C. While in Washington, he won an Emmy, regional Edward R. Murrow, and two Associated Press awards for "Best Newscast." He also shared in a national Murrow award for "Best Breaking News" for his work in the control room during the station's coverage of the June 2009 deadly Metro train collision. Bogardus also has newscast producing experience in Jacksonville, Florida, Hartford, Connecticut and Houston, Texas. During his career, he's produced coverage of six hurricanes (including Katrina), three paralyzing blizzards, the 2005 Super Bowl, the 2009 Presidential inauguration, live coverage of President Reagan's funeral and countless other breaking news events.

To speak to Bogardus, please contact John Morgan, associate vice president for public affairs at Quinnipiac, at 203-206-4449 (cell) or 203-582-5359 (office).

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