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Mark Becker Discusses Retiring From WSOC-TV After 38 Years

WSOC reporter Joe Bruno adds that Becker has deep connections within the Charlotte community and that his sources rival that of sports insiders like ESPN’s Adam Schefter. 

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Charlotte is saying goodbye to a mainstay in the market, as Mark Becker calls it a career after 38 years at WSOC-TV. 

Becker will be retiring from his on-air reporter role at the television station, covering various events like killer tornadoes and hurricanes, Jim Bakker and the PTL scandal, 9/11, the Democratic National Convention, the protests after the Keith Lamont Scott shootings, and COVID.

“I enjoyed what I did. I’m not leaving because I don’t like it,” Becker told The Charlotte Observer. “I’m leaving because I’ve been doing it long enough. It’s great work, but it’s also relentless. It’s every day having something on at 5 or 6. The deadline devil dances frequently upon my shoulders.”

WSOC reporter Joe Bruno adds that Becker has deep connections within the Charlotte community and that his sources rival that of sports insiders like ESPN’s Adam Schefter. 

“He will find out what happened and why it matters. More importantly, not only will be first, he will be right. [Becker’s] deep sources in Charlotte rival Adam Schefter’s in the NFL.”

In his retirement, Becker plans to help take care of his mother-in-law, who lives with him and his wife, former WSOC-TV anchor, and reporter Suzanne Stevens. He will also look to sustain an exercise routine following surgery last winter to repair a torn meniscus.

I’ve run shorter distances, but mostly I’ve been riding the bike,” Becker said. “I tell my wife, ‘Well, my knee’ll be fine, but every other bone in my body’ll be broken because I got hit by a car on Park Road.”

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WSAZ’s Tori Yorgey Struck by Car During Live Report

Yorgey stated that her “whole life just flashed before my eyes.”

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A WSAZ-TV had an eventful night in her final week to close out her tenure with the West Virginia television station. Tori Yorgey was on assignment giving her live weather report but was struck by a car before she could provide the information. 

Anchor Tim Irr stated in the video, “And now we’re starting to experience unfortunately in freeze-thaw we see this, water main breaks” before tossing it over to Yorgey to give her report. 

The vehicle struck Yorgey. However, she gets right back up.

“Oh my God, I just got hit by a car, but I’m okay. I just got hit by a car, but I’m ok, Tim,” Yorgey said. “I’m okay; we’re all good. I’m okay; yeah, that’s live tv for you; it’s all good. I actually got hit by a car in college like that too.”

The WSAZ-TV reporter would also comfort the driver, letting the women behind that wheel know that she’s okay and not seriously hurt. 

“I am so glad I’m ok, you’re ok, you’re ok. We’re all good. You know what? It’s a one-woman band. We’re good, Tim,” Yorgey said. “Ma’am, you are so sweet, and you are ok. It is all good. Oh, Lord. You know it’s my last week on the job, and I think this would happen specifically to me, Tim.”

“Were you bumped down low, Tori, or were you hit up high… I couldn’t really tell… I just saw you disappear out of the screen,” Irr asked Yorgey. 

As Yorgey gathered herself following the incident, she stated that her “whole life just flashed before my eyes.” Adding that, they “might need to move the camera over a bit,” Yorgey said.

“Tori’s in an area right now where there has been a water main break,” Irr explained to viewers.

Furthermore, Irr went on Twitter to further explain the situation. Some might think Irr had zero concern for his colleague, but he explained that those at the station were only receiving the audio. 

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PBS Film Spotlights Rise in Hate, Violence Towards AAPI

“One Day in March” debuts nationwide in May on PBS. 

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PBS will be airing a documentary that will focus on the rise in hate and violence against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

“One Day in March” tracks the aftermath of the 2021 mass shooting in Atlanta where a 21-year-old white man killed eight people, including six women of Asian descent, at three separate spa sites.

“The tragedy of the Atlanta shootings and the events of the past two years has compelled a deep reflection within the community about our place in the American polity,” Directed by Titi Yu said in a statement

It has galvanized the Asian American community to speak up and speak out.”

The one-hour film also highlights how anger felt following this attack, and others have turned into action and activism. Furthermore, the documentary is part of a public media reporting endeavor, “Exploring Hate: Antisemitism, Racism, and Extremism,” examining hate crimes in America and internationally.

“We watched in horror and shock as vicious attacks on Asian Americans were caught on camera, and we saw how this violence escalated to the killing of six women of Asian descent in the Atlanta shooting,” said Gina Kim, executive producer of “One Day in March.” 

“With this documentary, we hope to examine this troubling escalation of racism against the AAPI community, pay respect to the lives lost and impacted by the violence, and champion those coming together to fight against the hate.”

One Day in March debuts nationwide in May on PBS. 

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Steve Bannon: Fox News Shows No Respect for Donald Trump

Bannon called out Fox News for their lack of live coverage of Trump’s Saturday evening rally in Arizona

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The former strategist for former President Donald Trump is going after Fox News. Steve Bannon called out the network for their lack of live coverage of Trump’s Saturday evening rally in Arizona.

“The Fox scam is over!” Bannon said on his “War Room” podcast. “Fox does not cover Trump at all, whatsoever. You’re not a news organization. 

“What the Murdochs want is the—they want a Glenn Youngkin, or they want some nice guy who will sit there and give them tax cuts and deregulation.”

While Fox News didn’t carry Trump’s speech at his rally live on the air, it did publish news stories about the event. However, this didn’t stop Bannon from going after the network again on the social media platform GETTR

“Fox News, which did not give one second of coverage to Donald J. Trump’s massive rally, showed no respect to anyone in the MAGA movement,” Bannon said. 

“The Murdochs hate Trump and will do anything to stop his return to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.”

News outlets like The Daily Beast reached out to Fox News for a comment but have not yet received a response from the network. 

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