A reporter for Alaska’s KTVA 11 News quit her job on the air after finishing a story on the Alaska Cannabis Club, a medical marijuana business.
Charlo Greene revealed she is the owner of the business in question, before saying “F*ck it, I quit” and walking out of the camera’s view.
This comes as the state prepares for a referendum on the legalization of marijuana, which is scheduled to take place on November 4.
Here is Greene’s full statement on the air:
“Now everything you’ve heard is why I, the actual owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club, will be dedicating all of my energy toward fighting for freedom and fairness, which begins with legalizing marijuana here in Alaska. And as for this job, well, not that I have a choice but — f*ck it, I quit.”
The anchor appeared shocked at Greene’s revelation and dramatic stunt and had difficulty with continuing the newscast.
Greene told Alaska Dispatch News that KTVA, a local CBC station, had no prior knowledge that she was the owner of the business in the story. They also did not know she was going to quit on air. However, the cannabis club’s Facebook page had informed followers to tune in on the newscast.
Early this morning, it also launched a crowd funding campaign to raise $5,000 for educating Alaskan voters about the issue. At the time of this story’s publication, it has already raised $1,492 of its goal.
A few hours after Greene quit her job, KTVA news director Bert Rudman issued a statement on the station’s Facebook page: “We sincerely apologize for the inappropriate language used by a KTVA reporter during her live presentation… The employee is terminated.”
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