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An Albany, NY, TV anchor who was suspended for slurring her words during a live news broadcast is defending herself.

Heather Kovar was suspended from her job by CBS affiliate WRGB CBS 6 after she slurred her words during the 6 p.m broadcast on Saturday, July 9.

Viewers were left concerned and surprised as Kovar struggled to string together a coherent sentence.

She was wide-eyed and jittery while reporting on a natural gas explosion in Oklahoma.

"Like, I was telling you this morning, if you watched us this morning starting at 6 a.m., 7 a.m., I told you, you know what? Today, what a beautiful day outside! It is just amazing. And so, a great time for outdoor music."

Later in the broadcast, she seemed to complain about working a "double shift" at the station that day.

A video of the incident went viral on Saturday night. She tweeted on Saturday saying she would return to the air by Sunday morning.

CBS 6 confirmed Kovar's suspension in a statement on Monday. "Heather Kovar has been suspended pending our internal investigation. We have no further comment at this time."

She was replaced by Greg Floyd, the station's weekday evening anchor.

In a statement to the Times Union on Sunday, Kovar said she was "sleep-deprived and exhausted" after working a double shift.

She added: "On Friday, I notified the station I would not be renewing my contract which expires July 31. Saturday I was scheduled to work the early morning 6 a.m. shift and the evening shift. I was sleep-deprived and exhausted."

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FOX 5 News anchor Alyse Eady is not here for Twitter users denying her ethnicity.

Eady, 34, stunned Atlanta's FOX 5 viewers by wearing an ethnic braided hairstyle while on the air. According to news analysts, braided extension hairstyles violates dress code and journalistic standards in some markets.

Eady, a former Miss Arkansas 2010 and Miss America 2011 runner-up, checked a follower who objected to her wearing braids extensions because she is white.

The tweet was deleted, but the man referred to Eady as a culture vulture - a public figure who misappropriates another culture.

Eady may look biracial or mixed race, but looks can be deceiving. Google Images shows both of her parents are fully Black.

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"Who's gonna tell him...," Eady tweeted to her followers after the man's offensive comment. She followed up with another tweet: "I'm BLACK! And if you feel foolish now, you should."

Eady's followers were supportive and praised her for passionately defending her Black heritage.

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Washington, DC news anchor Wendy Rieger passed away on April 16 from an aggressive form of brain cancer at age 65.

Rieger, who co-anchored the 5 p.m. NBC4 news broadcast in Washington, D.C. for 30 years, died a year after she was diagnosed with glioblastoma.

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Georgia news anchor Jovita Moore died in 2021, three months after she was diagnosed with the same aggressive brain cancer. She was 54.
 
RELATED: RIP: Jovita Moore Dies After Battle with Brain Cancer
 
Rieger announced her diagnosis and retired from the news station in December.

"We lost our smart, vibrant, wonderful Wendy Rieger today," NBC4 News announced in a statement. "For more than 30 years, NBC4 Washington viewers benefited from her unique style that blended humor, intelligence and compassion, and we are all better for knowing her."

The statement continued: "Wendy was diagnosed with brain cancer almost a year ago. She had surgery and treatment, then retired in December with an intent to savor the rest of her life and start a new chapter. Her cancer returned aggressively several weeks ago, and she died this morning, holding the hand of her husband, Dan.

"We send our love to Dan, who was a colleague of ours for decades, and to her brothers, nieces and nephews and many, many friends."

Glioblastoma kills more than 10,000 Americans every year. Treatment includes surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. Glioblastoma cases have increased since 2020. It isn't clear why.

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Argentinian reporter Carlos Ferrara suffered an apparent heart attack and collapsed during a live news broadcast on Thursday.

Ferrara was reporting outside a COVID testing center in Buenos Aires, when he suddenly collapsed while speaking to a colleague.

At the end of the segment, Ferrara said to Channel 9 host Claudio Perez, "Sorry Claudio, sorry."

Claudio asked "What happened? What happened?" as the camera panned to Ferrara lying face down on the sidewalk. A small pool of blood spreads outward from Ferrara's head.

Claudio shouted "No!" then composed himself and said, "Well, Carlos had some difficulty. They will surely attend to him. We are going to make a cut."

Ferrara is the latest reporter to collapse during a live broadcast.

Last week, Brazilian reporter Rafael Silva, 36, collapsed while hosting "Alterosa." The camera quickly cut away to pre-filmed footage while the TV crew rushed to Silva's side.
 

According to Mediate.com, Silva suffered 5 heart attacks in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.

Both journalists reportedly received Covid-19 mRNA injections before suffering heart attacks.

Previously, Silva announced that he had received the third booster shot on Dec. 28. It isn't clear when Ferrara received his booster.

The incidents of reporters collapsing on air is beginning to strike fear in the hearts of news reporters everywhere.

"Another isolated case of illness in a young boy with no history of health problems," Federal Deputy Carla Zambelli tweeted along with a video of the incident.

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The Twitterverse is reporting that Joy Reid is out at MSNBC. There is no plan to shuffle her to another show.

According to an editor at news site Mediate, quoting a source at Comcast:

"Joy Reid will lose her 7p show in the next round of reshuffling at MSNBC." - "She does not have a show come mid Spring" - The "decision has been made, the only thing left is messaging on the move, which will be ratings.

"As was the case with Chris Cuomo at CNN, Reid has allies at Comcast, however, she is now viewed as "unmanageable" by many. Also, similar to Cuomo, it appears those allies have found out she has been "less than truthful about past incidents."

What's the reason for her departure?

As you can see from the above tweet, Reid is "viewed as unmanageable by many" and she has been "less than truthful about past incidents."

We're sad to see her go. She seems like a nice lady. The viewers loved her.
 

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African news anchor Barmel Lyons went viral for wearing her natural hair on the air for the first time.

The Atlanta-based media host and content creator wore her natural curls on the CBS46 News set for the first time.

Like most Black women, Barmel chooses to hide her natural curls under European style wigs because she has been conditioned to adopt society's beauty standard for hair.

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Barmel posted a video on Instagram after freeing her curls last week.

She captioned the video:

PUT SOME RESPECT ON MY CURLS listennnn the crown is here to stay baby [crown emoji]!

As a reporter sometimes you are faced with challenge of being and doing what's "appropriate" what's considered "acceptable" & “non-distracting” but the #Atlanta community, family and peers have shown me so much love [heart emoji] NO MATTER if you are straight, curly or protective - as long as you are SHOWING UP as YOU Your authenticity will always shine through. There is so much power in my crown [Black power emoji].

Put a "[crown]" emoji in the caption & SHARE this video if you agree."

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CNN isn't waiting until next year to unload troubled news anchor Chris Cuomo.

The cable network fired Cuomo just days after suspending him for helping his brother, Andrew Cuomo, amid sexual misconduct allegations.

CNN's public relations Twitter account announced Cuomo's termination on Saturday.

The news comes after CNN suspended Cuomo for using the network's sources to "dig up dirt" on his brother's accusers.

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"When Chris admitted to us that he had offered advice to his brother's staff, he broke our rules and we acknowledged that publicly," CNN said in a statement announcing his suspension on Tuesday.

"We retained a respected law firm to conduct the review, and have terminated him, effective immediately," the network said on Saturday.

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Cuomo's brother, Andrew Cuomo, resigned in disgrace as governor of NY in August after the attorney general's office completed a probe into allegations of sexual misconduct.

A "major shakeup" is reportedly in the works at CNN, as part of a $43 billion merger with Discovery.

It was reported last month that a "majority" of CNN's anchors/staff will be let go as the cable channel returns to its former 24-hour news format.

Cuomo and his colleague Don Lemon were rumored to be among those on the chopping block. Lemon is still holding on to his job for the time being.

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Channel 2 Action News Anchor Jovita Moore has died from brain cancer, three months after revealing her diagnosis. She was 54.

"It is with a broken heart that we announce the passing of passing of Channel 2's Jovita Moore," Channel 2 Actions News reported

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"Jovita died overnight, seven months after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer.

Jovita had been with Channel 2 Action News since 1998. She is survived by her mother, her two wonderful children and stepdaughter, who she called the most important accomplishments of her life."

Moore was diagnosed with a brain tumor in April, less than a month after she received the Covid-19 mRNA vaccines.

After the surgery, doctors determined the tumors were an aggressive form of brain cancer called glioblastoma.

Moore gave Channel 2 Action News permission to report her brain tumor diagnosis on Thursday, July 29, after undergoing.

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"Our girl is strong. Our girl is a fighter and she's doing great every day," WSB-TV Community and Public Affairs Director Condace Pressley told WSB.

Moore leaves behind her mom and three children, two daughters and a son.

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A California news anchor with an adopted Black daughter was suspended after telling his bosses he wanted to discuss "missing white woman syndrome" at the end of his news segment.

Frank Somerville, 63, was suspended from Oakland-based KTVU after he told station executives he wanted to discuss the disparities between missing Black and missing white women who receive more news coverage.

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Somerville is the adoptive father of a Black teenage daughter whom he often posts on social media.

He was reportedly suspended a day after he got into a shouting match with News Director Amber Eikel about Gabby Petito news coverage, according to the Mercury News.

The three-time Emmy winner had planned to piggyback off of the remarks made by MSNBC most Joy Reid who said the news media eagerly covers stories about missing white women like Petito, the 22-year-old Youtuber whose body was found in a Wyoming park on Sept. 19.

Reid said news outlets often ignore missing Black women because they do not look like the daughters and granddaughters of newsroom executives.

Petito was laid to rest in a televised funeral on Sunday. A massive manhunt is underway for her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, who is considered the prime suspect in her murder.

The term "missing white woman syndrome" was coined by late journalist Gwen Ifill, who became the first Black woman to host a nationally televised U.S. public affairs program.

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CBS This Morning viewers are outraged after veteran reporter Anthony Mason, 65, was replaced by ex-NFL player Nate Burleson, 39, because he's a "better fit" with Gayle King, 66.

CBS announced the personnel change on Wednesday, saying Burleson will join King and the anchor team in September.

Mason, joined CBS News in 1986 and previously hosted CBS Evening News.

He will move to a cultural correspondent role, covering music, arts and entertainment, DailyMail.com reports.

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CBS made the switch to bring in younger viewers as the hosts, King and Mason, near retirement age.

A CBS source told DailyMail.com on Thursday that hiring Burleson full-time gives them a "real chance" to compete in the ratings race.

"Anthony is a nice man and an excellent journalist, he just isn't the right fit for the morning. By pairing Nate with Gayle we have a real chance."

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Burleson, who retired from the NFL in 2014, was previously a guest host on the CBS morning show.

He spent his post-NFL career as a sports broadcaster and a host on Extra TV.

Viewers were livid at the change. Some even accused CBS of "racism."

One Twitter user wrote: "Switching to a new morning news program since CBS
is letting Anthony Mason go... Bad decision for CBS."

Another viewer tweeted: "Sorry CBS. No Anthony Mason, no David Gray. Y’all have a good one!"

While a third viewer wrote: "Nate Burleson is going to take Anthony Mason's place on CBS This Morning? I think that's a great choice."
 

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Channel 2 Action News Anchor Jovita Moore has revealed she was diagnosed with brain cancer three months after she was diagnosed with two brain tumors.

Doctors determined the tumors were an aggressive form of brain cancer called glioblastoma.

There is no cure. Chemotherapy treatments can only slow it down.

Moore gave Channel 2 Action News permission to report her diagnosis on Thursday, July 29.

"Our girl is strong. Our girl is a fighter and she's doing great every day," WSB-TV Community and Public Affairs Director Condace Pressley said.

Moore and Pressley have been close friends for more than two decades.
 

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Jovita Moore (center) updated her Instagram page on Mother's Day as she continues to recover at home from brain surgery last month.

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Moore was diagnosed with a brain tumor in April. The beloved Channel 2 Anchor and proud mom shared a family photo with her children and mom.

She captioned the image:

"Happy Mother’s Day from my family to yours! [heart emojis]. Thank you all so much for the well wishes, flowers, cards and prays as I continue my recovery at home."

Moore has said she hopes to return to the anchor desk as soon as she is fully recovered.

If you would like to share your well wishes with Jovita, please click here. If you are interested in supporting her, she asks that you donate to one of the following organizations:

Our House Atlanta

National Brain Tumor Society
 

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Garcelle Beauvais has taken herself off the market after a long, dry spell without a man in her life.

According to a report in the Miami Herald, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star is dating a Miami news anchor -- and he's Black.

The newspaper published Instagram photos that shows Garcelle seated next to Miami's Local 10 anchor Calvin Hughes at a dinner party.

In another photo (swipe left), Garcelle and Calvin are closerthanthis. Their body language checks all of the boxes, and fans are convinced the mom-of-three has found Love after an extended man drought.

Clean cut Calvin is a change of pace for the 54-year-old former model and reality TV star.

Garcelle divorced Daniel Saunders, the father of her eldest son. And she had twin sons with ex-husband Mike Nilon.

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She parted ways with boyfriend Michael Elliot (pictured) after dating several months last year.

Garcelle played Francesca on The Jamie Foxx Show, and Valerie Heywood on NYPD Blue.

She is best known for playing one of Prince Hakeem's three gorgeous rose bearers in Coming to America (1988).

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A CBS anchor went viral for excusing a shoplifter who rode his bike into a San Francisco Walgreens and cleaned the store out.

"CBS This Morning" co-host Tony Dokoupil went viral on Wednesday morning after he excused a man for stealing a trash bag full of goods and fleeing the store on a bicycle.

"So crime is never justified of course," said Dokoupil. He was interrupted by co-host Anthony Mason, saying, "I will say that I think they could have made a little better effort to stop that bicycle. I mean you could have disrupted that bike."

"Well, I mean, I don't know," Dokoupil said. "You don't need to be a hero over some toothbrushes or whatever it is."

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Dokoupil implied that the Black male shoplifter was "desperate" and probably needed essential items, such as a toothbrush and hair products.

"That reads also as an act of desperation. I mean, you're not getting rich off what you take from a Walgreens, you're getting probably something you need. I don't know the details of that particular case."

The incident happened at the Walgreens on the corner of Gough and Fell Streets in very liberal San Francisco.

The police stopped answering shoplifting calls after a 2014 ballot referendum downgraded property theft of less than $950 to a misdemeanor.

Now shoplifting is so routine in San Francisco, that shoplifters often sell their stolen merchandise on the sidewalk around the corner from the store they stole from.

ABC7 reporter Lyanne Melendez tweeted a video of the shoplifting incident on Monday, and her video went viral.

Pop singer Aubrey O'Day was also criticized for saying shoplifting is justified because Walgreens' CEO earns millions of dollars in bonuses.

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Feven Kay Kiflegiorgis, a news anchor for Fox 5 Las Vegas, was found naked and passed out behind the wheel of a car last month.

The Fox 5 Las Vegas morning weekday anchor made news headlines herself when she was found passed out behind the wheel of her Audi at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 20.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Kiflegiorgis, known professionally as Feven Kay, told cops she couldn't remember how she got to the location where she was found.

The officer states the nude driver smelt of alcohol and she seemed disoriented. Kiflegiorgis declined to submit to a blood alcohol test, according to the police report.

Kiflegiorgis, a native of East Africa, was charged with misdemeanor reckless driving with a disregard for the safety of a person or property.

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Kiflegiorgis appeared in court on April 21 and was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and to attend driving school, according to the NY Post.

Kiflegiorgis took a leave of absence before returning to the news desk. She told viewers the incident was a "private matter," but she wanted to be "transparent."

"Many of you noticed I've been off air for a few weeks," Kiflegiorgis said. "To all of you who have reached out, a sincere thank you for your concern.

"Last month, I was arrested by Metro for driving under the influence," she sighed. "At the time of the arrest, I was inside of a parking vehicle in a Las Vegas neighborhood alone. That charge has since been reduced to misdemeanor reckless driving for which I will pay fine and take classes.

"As I move forward, I want you to know I have learned from this and I will continue learning and I truly thank you for your support," she said.
 

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Jovita Moore is resting and recovering ahead of her move to a rehab facility after undergoing brain surgery one week ago.

Channel 2 Action News reports she is expected to remain in the hospital through Friday, April 23, when she will move to a rehab facility to continue her healing process.

Jovita was diagnosed with two small brain tumors after noticing neurological symptoms on April 12.

Just before going on air that day, Jovita told Channel 2's Justin Farmer that she wasn't feeling great.

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"I was really concerned about why all of a sudden I was forgetful, disoriented and just not feeling myself. Feeling like I was in a fog and really wanting to get out of that fog," Jovita said.

Later, as she walked through a grocery store parking lot, she felt lightheaded. "I was walking. I remember walking across parking lot and feeling like I wasn't going to make it to the door. I was walking like in quicksand," Jovita said.

"It was a blessing in disguise that I almost passed out walking into Publix," Jovita said.

A brain scan revealed the brain tumors.

"It's significant. It's gonna be a lot," Jovita said before the surgery. "We had to start then having a conversation about what that was and what that meant."

"Not sure when I'll be back on air but when I'm able, I will be," she said.

More than 23,000 viewers left messages of support for Jovita on her WSB-TV page.

Cards and flowers for Jovita may be sent to WSB-TV (1601 W. Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30309).