Sunday 22 October 2017

You’re going to really feel for this journalist who got puked on while reporting live

But Wendy Burch calmly carried on interviewing people at the ironman in LA, which involved competitors running, paddling – and chugging beer.

(wellphoto/Thinkstock)
(wellphoto/Thinkstock)

By Georgia Humphreys

A journalist had a pretty grim July 4 at work after she was vomited on live on air.

Wendy Burch, reporter and anchor for KTLA, was asked to cover an ironman competition in Hermosa Beach, LA, which sees those taking part “Run, Paddle, Chug!”. To be clear, this is running a mile, paddling a mile and then huddling up to drink a six pack of beer.

In a blog post for the Huffington Post, Burch wrote how she grabbed a guy to interview as the beers went down. But it was only later she discovered he had a bullseye drawn on his back with the words “puke here” written in magic marker – a challenge a fellow competitor decided to take on.

Yep, the interviewee was covered in sick and Burch, who was right in the firing line, got hit with it too. Weirdly, there was a technical glitch which is why the camera conveniently froze right as the puking happened – something those eating breakfast while watching live were probably grateful for.

The reaction to the viral clip on Twitter is a mix of amusement at the reactions of Burch’s colleagues – and pure disgust.

But Burch herself seems to be taking going viral well…

In terms of her reaction at the time to the vomit, Burch said in the blog post: “While the anchors tried to regain their composure and go onto the next story, I assumed I was still live.

“So, for the better part of the next two minutes, I just kept interviewing drunken people while sudsy substances flew in the air and landed in my hair.

“Let’s say, after that, it was a wrap.”

Sounds as though she dealt with the situation like a true pro.

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