U.S. Press Freedom Tracker

WJLA photographer injured during Trump Inauguration protest

Incident Details

Date of Incident
January 20, 2017


Was the journalist targeted?
Politico/M. Scott Mahaskey

Vanessa Koolhof after being knocked down during a protest of President Donald Trump's inauguration, on January 20, 2017.

— Politico/M. Scott Mahaskey
January 20, 2017

Vanessa Koolhof — a photographer at WJLA, the local ABC affiliate in Washington, D.C. — was knocked down and injured while covering a protest in response to President Donald Trump's inauguration on Jan. 20, 2017.

WJLA reported that Koolhof found herself in the middle of a shoving match between a group of anti-Trump protesters and a Trump supporter. After Koolhof fell down, D.C. police moved in to break up the struggle and help Koolhof up off the ground.

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