U.S. Press Freedom Tracker

KGTV photographer attacked while filming in San Diego

Incident Details

Date of Incident
March 12, 2018


Was the journalist targeted?

Equipment Damage

Equipment Broken
March 12, 2018

On March 12, 2018, an unidentified man attacked KGTV 10News San Diego news photographer Mike Gold and reporter Bree Steffen while in the middle of a live shot.

Video of the attack, published on KGTV’s YouTube page, shows Steffen stopping mid-sentence and rushing out of the frame, to avoid a man who lunges toward her. The man, who briefly appears on the video, then knocks the camera to the ground.

At the time of the attack, the news crew was recording a live segment for KGTV’s 11 p.m. newscast about demonstrations ahead of President Donald Trump’s first visit to California since his election. KGTV later said that the attack was not related to the topic of the segment.

“While the man’s motive is unclear, the incident was not related to the content of the story,” the network reported. “Authorities were contacted and are handling the matter.”

Steffen later tweeted about the incident, reporting that her wrist was injured and the camera was broken. The U.S. Press Freedom Tracker has documented Steffen’s assault here.

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