The person who gunned down a TV reporter and cameraman in Virginia on live TV Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, started his TV career at KPIX in San Francisco in 1993, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.
According to the article, Vester Lee Flanagan II “started as a news intern for KPIX-TV in San Francisco in 1993, and was later given a paid staff position as a production assistant and weekend news writer.
“‘When Vester worked for KPIX, he was just a young, eager kid out of journalism school and like so many other interns and new employees who came through there in my 30 years at KPIX, he just wanted to be on TV and to do a good job,’ said retired station anchor Barbara Rodgers.”
The story adds: “After leaving KPIX in 1996, Flanagan bounced around a series of small markets in the South. He lived in San Francisco and worked as a customer service representative at PG&E from 2001 to 2002 before he made another go at TV news.
“In 2000, Flanagan filed a $15,000 federal lawsuit against WTWC-TV, an NBC affiliate in Tallahassee, Fla., charging racial discrimination and retaliation. He claimed a producer called him a ‘monkey’ in 1999, the year he was hired as a newscaster and anchor there. The suit was settled in 2001.”