U.S. Press Freedom Tracker

WABC reporter Tim Fleischer punched by stranger in New York City

Incident Details

Date of Incident
April 10, 2018
New York, New York


Was the journalist targeted?
April 10, 2018

Tim Fleischer, a reporter for WABC's Eyewitness News, was punched in the face by a stranger while he was conducting an interview in Queens, New York, on April 10, 2018.

According to the New York Daily News, Fleischer was filming a segment in the Far Rockaway neighborhood of Queens, when a man ran up to him and socked him in the face around noon.

The man was arrested soon after the attack and charged with assault and harassment. Fleischer was taken to a local hospital and received medical treatment for a minor injury.

Fleischer later tweeted about the attack.

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