- Date of Incident
- May 6, 2018
- Des Moines, Iowa
- Maria Lisignoli (WHO-HD 13)
- Private individual
- Was the journalist targeted?
WHO-HD Channel 13 reporter Maria Lisignoli was assaulted and suffered a mild concussion while she was documenting a fight in Des Moines, Iowa, on May 6, 2018.
Lisignoli told WHO-HD 13 that she saw a group of people fighting while waiting with friends for a cab in Des Moines’ Court Avenue District. She was not reporting at the time, but said her journalistic instincts kicked in and captured the fight on her cellphone.
In the video Lisignoli took of the incident, one woman attempts to take her phone from her hand when she noticed Lisignoli documenting the fight.
"The fight started kind of breaking up and three of the girls kind of back away and start walking toward me," Lisignoli said. "At that point I'm like, okay, people are angry, I should back off, so I turn away and one of them winds up and hits me in the back of the head, and I fall against a car."
Lisignoli was diagnosed with a mild concussion the day after the attack and missed work. Two people were later arrested in connection with the attack: Riley VerSteegh, who was charged with assault causing injury, and Sydney Stuart, who was charged with assault.
On June 13, shortly after WHO-HD 13 aired a segment about the assault, Lisignoli tweeted about the incident.
This story includes the video I took of my assault. I am okay but things could have been much worse. I will continue to document things I think are of interest but when it comes to public fights I will keep my distance and immediately call officials before recording. https://t.co/fjakguMu8H— Maria Lisignoli (@MLisignoliTV) June 13, 2018
Watch the full WHO-HD 13 segment below:
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