As COVID-19 Spreads, TEGNA Tackles Staff, Viewer Safety



With “stay-at-home” declarations and coronavirus-infected tallies changing by the hour, safely covering the news presents numerous potential challenges for a TV news organization.

Local news organizations are handling the situation in various ways. At CBS O&O KCAL-9 in Los Angeles, an evening weather specialist was offering reports from her home. Up the road in San Luis Obispo, Calif., The E.W. Scripps Co.’s KSBY-6, an NBC affiliate, saw reporters and anchors practicing “social distancing” in lieu of staying at home.

For TEGNA stations, including such “hot zone” properties as KGW-8 in Portland, Ore., and WGRZ-2 in Buffalo, VP/News Ellen Crooke is the “woman on the front lines,” coordinating all of the efforts companywide as the company headquartered in Northern Virginia seeks to keep as many away from their respective stations as possible.

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