U.S. Press Freedom Tracker

Alaska state senator slaps journalist

Incident Details

Date of Incident
May 2, 2017
Juneau, Alaska


Was the journalist targeted?
Alaska State Capitol, flags at half staff for Sen. Stevens
May 2, 2017

Alaska Dispatch News journalist Nathaniel Herz was slapped by Alaska state senator David Wilson on the main stairs of the Alaska Capitol in Juneau on May 2, 2017. 

Herz reports that he had approached Wilson to get his reaction to a recent report he had published on Wilson’s new bill. After a brief, awkward exchange, Wilson slapped Herz in the face. Herz recorded the entire incident.

Herz filed a police report after the incident, but no charges were filed against Wilson.

The U.S. Press Freedom Tracker catalogues press freedom violations in the United States. Email tips to [email protected].