( 4UMF NEWS ) Reporter Punched Live On Air:
A Telemundo reporter in Philadelphia was punched in the face on the air during a live broadcast, video shows.
Iris Delgado was concluding a report outside City Hall on Thursday night when she was approached by Waheedah Wilson.
Wilson can be seen tapping the Telemundo 62 reporter’s right arm, saying, “Excuse me, excuse me.” She then hits Delgado in the head and slaps her face.
The broadcast was sent back to the studio, where anchor Ramon Zayas can be heard saying “Ay, dios mio!”
Wilson has been charged with simple assault and recklessly endangering another person, according to the Philadelphia district attorney’s office.
“Iris Delgado was the victim of an unprovoked attack by an individual while reporting live for Telemundo62’s 11 p.m. local newscast,” a station spokesperson said in a statement. “Thankfully, she is OK and is understandably taking some time off to recover. We look forward to her return.”
In an internal staff memo, executives praised the news team’s actions.
“This appears to be a situation where our teams did everything the correct way and something bad happened,” wrote Anzio Williams, Vice President of News for WCAU and WWSI. “While we are thankful our safety and awareness training were beneficial in this situation, it is also a reminder that Safety is First.”
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