Screengrab of KGTV 10News video

KGTV reporter and photographer attacked while filming in San Diego

March 12, 2018

On March 12, 2018, an unidentified man attacked KGTV 10News San Diego news reporter Bree Steffen and photographer Mike Gold, while Steffen was 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, Steffen was recording a live segment for KGTV’s 11 p.m. newscast about demonstrations ahead of President Trump’s first visit to California since his election. KGTV later said that the attack was not related to the topic of the segment.

“The man’s motive is unclear, but it was unrelated to the content of the story,” the network wrote in a Facebook post. “Police were called and are now handling the matter.” 

Steffen later tweeted about the incident, reporting that her wrist was injured and the camera was broken.

On arch 14, Steffen published an update about the attack on Facebook.

“I’ve never been in a fight before in my life; however, I have a right to defend myself,” she wrote. “When I saw this man running full-speed at me with his arms outstretched, fight-or-flight kicked in. I’m glad police know who he is. I’m still very sore but our camera is now fixed, so my photographer Mike is happy!”

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