‘Alright, we’re done here’: Female reporter accosted by leering men before live shot

A female reporter in Rochester, New York has gone viral for her grace and tact in handling a jarring encounter that is all too familiar to women while preparing for a live news segment on the street

Brianna Hamblin, a reporter for Spectrum News 1, tweeted a video of the incident that her camera man captured while they were setting up for the shot.

“Being hit on and harassed as a woman, especially as a woman reporter out in the field, happens so often you learn how to roll with it or ignore it. This time it happened to be recorded only seconds before my hit. There are A LOT of things wrong with this,” Hamlin said of the encounter.

From off camera, you can hear a man asking Hamblin if she is live on-air yet followed by, “You look nice by the way,” to which she replied, “thank you.”

Another man then chimes in from off-camera, “You’re beautiful as hell, god—.”

Hamblin tactfully thanked the man for his comment despite the situation being visibly uncomfortable. The unidentified man continues, “I better not be on motherf–ing camera, but why you over here on camera though?”

“Go find a TV and watch Spectrum News and you can find out,” she said through a forced smile, trying to dissipate the situation.

The man continues to press Hamblin, who reiterated that that he should go watch the news if he wants to find out why she is there. She even gives him the channel numbers to which he responds, “See that’s why I can’t be left alone with a black woman or a mulatto chick. Because I can’t stand these f—– white girls.”

“Alright, we’re done here. Have a great rest of your day,” Hamblin interrupted the unsettling situation.

The jerk off-camera couldn’t take the hint, continuing, “You are sexy as f—.”

“Oh my god,” Hamblin reacts with a heartbreaking expression.

The clip then stops as she is presumably seconds away from a live hit.

After posting the clip, Hamblin created a thread to explain why she shared this experience:

Twitter users were collectively disgusted by the unidentified man’s conduct, but unfortunately many women were all too familiar with this behavior and rallied support for Hamblin:

The epitome of a true professional, Hamblin later reminded everyone why she was out in the field reporting in the first place.

“Let’s not lose sight of what I was actually doing this morning: which was reporting on the importance of healthy meals being accessible to kids during the summer,” she tweeted.

Kay Apfel

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