A local TV reporter says her encounters with racism while on assignment are part of the reason she left her job at KCCI-TV in Des Moines, Iowa. Emmy Victor, who is African-American, reportedly left the Hearst-owned CBS affiliate recently to pursue an opportunity in another state.
The Des Moines Register quotes the New Jersey native saying that “racism in the state did not help my decision to stay,” although she notes that she did have other reasons for leaving.
“Racism isn’t really something I experienced when I grew up on the East Coast,” Victor told the paper, adding: “It was something I had to get used to.”
“Victor said she didn’t have any problems in the metro area, but would sometimes feel uncomfortable when covering parts of rural Iowa,” the paper reports. “She said she would get negative reactions related to the color of her skin when she approached interview subjects and on social media.”
In an incident in June that received national attention, Victor was verbally abused by an angry woman while she was covering a story.
“Victor and KCCI photojournalist Zachary Hayes were reporting from a crime scene in Boone when they were confronted by a woman,” The Register reports. “Video showed the woman yelling at Victor, pushing the camera equipment, cursing and using a racial slur.”
The video clip below includes footage of the incident …