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TV Reporter Who Was Once Held Hostage During Live Newscast Dies

Feb 20, 2019  •  Post A Comment

A television reporter who had a high-profile segment on KNBC-TV in Los Angeles and became involved in an on-air hostage situation at the station in 1987 has died. David Horowitz died Thursday in Los Angeles after a battle with dementia, according to media reports. He was 81.

Horowitz was the nation’s best-known consumer reporter at one time, with his syndicated program “Fight Back! With David Horowitz” winning multiple Emmys and attracting a huge following. On the program, Horowitz tested commercial claims, looked into product defects and took consumer complaints to the companies.

He was a consumer reporter for KNBC for more than 15 years, with his program syndicated on stations across the U.S. He reportedly moved to KCBS-TV in 1993.

“In 1987, Horowitz was taken hostage during a KNBC-TV broadcast by a gunman with mental problems,” the AP reports. “The journalist read the man’s statements on camera although the hostage-taker didn’t realize the broadcast had been cut. The weapon turned out to be an empty BB gun.”

Following the incident, Horowitz led a campaign to ban realistic-looking toy guns in California and other states.

Here’s a clip of the 1987 hostage incident …

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  1. Whomever made the crazy decision to change Jeff Glor doesn’t have his/her finger on the pulse of the American people. Adventure to say that if Walter Cronkite was given the responsibility of news anchor after one year, he would probably be gone as well.

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