In the past two days, one local TV news reporter was attacked while covering a story while another was robbed in a news van.
On Sunday afternoon, KTVU reporter Cara Liu was assaulted by a woman in Oakland while covering a murder story at a flea market near the Coliseum, according to media blogger Rich Lieberman. Lieberman quotes a KTVU source as saying the Liu was shaken and unnerved, and that her injury was not serious.
This morning at about 5, KRON reporter Jackie Sissel was robbed at gunpoint while sitting in a news van on the Interstate 280 overpass near 18th and Pennsylvania Avenue. He was preparing for a story on recent work that was completed on the freeway when two men with bandannas hiding their faces got out of a car, opened the van doors and put a gun to Sissel’s head, SFGate reported.
The assailants stole a laptop computer, a wallet and a camera tripod before fleeing in their car. No arrests have been made.
The incidents are the latest robberies of news crews over the past couple of years. The TV stations have hired security guards to accompany news crews.