On Wednesday morning, WDBJ anchor Kim McBroom watched her two co-workers get fatally shot on live television.
But this tragedy didn’t stop the Virginia newswoman from coming back and anchoring the news program the very next day — acting as the courageous face of a team this devastating act impacted a great deal.
McBroom led a two-hour Mornin’ show dedicated to reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward, who were killed by a disgruntled former reporter for the station.
After the tribute, McBroom took reporters’ questions outside the studio and over the phone, then planned for the next day’s broadcast.
The mother of two felt that it was her duty to lead the team on camera, saying:
“I’m just trying to do my job, honor their memory and do what they do. Alison would do this for me. I know that.”
The most heartbreaking part of the tribute was a moment of silence at 6:45 am — exactly 24 hours after the fatal attack. See that moment (below):
On holding hands with weatherman Leo Hirsbrunner and co-host Steve Grant, McBroom said:
“I think we all needed that moment. I needed to pause and remember what happened. I think our community needed that moment. Because it’s not just our loss, it’s this whole area’s loss. They’re from this area. They have roots in this area. It was everybody’s loss.”
The anchor then explained that after the incident on field, the station wasn’t sure what happened for a few hours. McBroom added:
“We kind of had to handle it as journalists: Let’s not jump to conclusions. I think in our hearts we knew it was bad.”
The anchor admitted she was dreading coming back to work on Thursday, but felt an obligation no matter how daunting the task. She concluded:
“I wanted to make sure that we told her story and his story, and we’re the ones that have to do that because we knew them and we loved them.”
We can’t even imagine what McBroom and the news team are going through right now, but they definitely honored their late co-workers and friends with this broadcast.
Our hearts go out to everyone close to Parker and Ward at this difficult time.
[Image via WDBJ.]