"Beep, Good Evening. Slate Sanchez's phone here reporting from the demolition site. Slate and the rest of the Action News team don't have AT&T, which means no bars out here on the outskirts of town. So we didn't get that call about the
new blast zone — which is now
here, instead of
way over there. I'm Slate Sanchez, and I'm about to
be The News!"
— AT&T phone commercial
Sometimes, an anchor in a newsroom or (more likely) on the scene becomes the news. While reporting the chaos caused by a monster attacking the capital city or the destructive force of some sort of massive natural or supernatural disaster or another kind of dangerous situation, he or she happens to fall victim to that very event he or she was reporting on.
In many cases, right before this trope is invoked, the audience will get some clue foreshadowing the reporter's fate: a strange noise in the distance, for example. We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties
A subtrope of Apocalyptic Log
and Ignored Vital News Reports
. Often overlaps with Redshirt Reporter
if the reporter is reporting on-scene and
dies, and sometimes appears in Kent Brockman News
. Not related to Spinning Paper
. See also The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You
As a Death Trope, there may be unmarked spoilers ahead. Beware.
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- In the original Saban dub, this was the scene with the infamous "Robot drone" and "I can see their parachutes" lines.
- Something similar happens in Puni Puni Poemy where whenever a female reporter tries to report on Puni Puni Poemy sightings, she is dragged almost-all-the-way offscreen by someone.
- A reporter is eaten on camera (though off screen) at the end of the second episode of High School Of The Dead.
- When a Utahraptor gets loose in a TV studio in Dinosaur King, the anchor giving the report (from the studio in question), in a moment of Genre Savvy, mentions that she'll be giving regular reports assuming she hasn't been eaten.
- In volume one of Biomega, a news anchor blows his head clean off on-air when a barrage of world-altering bio-weapons are launched into the atmosphere. The weapons didn't go off anyway.
- The first episode of Voltes V involves a news reporter being vaporized by a laser beam.
- In Topps' card series Dinosaurs Attack!!, one of the cards displays the anchors who have been framing some of the action being attacked. The back of the card is "technical difficulties, please stand by."
- Used in an issue of Marvel Adventures: Avengers. A reporter brings a camera crew out into the jungles of Darkest Africa to report on an insanely insular country. The page is shot from the camera's perspective, and you can see Sabertooth crouching menacingly. Cut to The Avengers discussing the cut-off broadcast. This being Marvel Adventures, the reporter and crew got rescued by that same insular country.
- In the Avengers story-arc "Ultron Unlimited", the villainous robot laid waste to a small European country, and reporters on the scene don't go unnoticed. "Oh look, a human camera crew..." Needless to say, the screen goes to static pretty soon.
- The Batman comic The Man Who Laughs features the Joker's first meeting with Batman. He appears when a reporter is covering the re-opening of a renovated Arkham Asylum. He kills the reporter with Joker Venom (echoing the death of the news anchor in the Burton film), then holds the camera man at gunpoint so he films him as he delivers his message. He then shoots the cameraman.
- Also in Batman: The Cult the reporter in the studio gets shot at the back of his head while reporting on-air.
- Neil Gaiman's Secret Origins issue featuring Batman villains has a Framing Device in which a sensationalistic news team try to track down members of Batman's Rogues Gallery for interviews. The guy who went looking for the Joker finally makes an on-air annoucement that he didn't find him, before predictably collapsing and dying on air from Joker Venom.
- Ghost Rider
- One of '90s' issues had this as a "most shocking ending ever" when Blackout kills a news anchor to spite Danny Ketch.
- The new series did it with Sin ordering her men to spare the TV helicopter, so whole world can see the destruction of Washington. Once she fights Ghost Rider and wins, she says the TV crew served their purpose and gives the order to blow up the helicopter.
- A variation in The Punisher's "Welcome Back, Frank" storyline: a reporter is giving an interview on the actions of another killer who has shown up at the same time as the Punisher's return, only for said killer to walk up, shoot the guy she was talking to in the head, then give his own interview before running away. The scene then cuts to two secondary characters watching in a bar taking bets on whether or not the reporter pukes on camera (she does).
- Judge Dredd: In Half-Life, Sidney De'ath (the later supervillain Judge Death) executes a talk show host on live television who made a pass at him for mocking the Justice Department and warns the audience that they better respect the law or face the consequences.
Films — Animation
Films — Live-Action
- Dave Barry's novel Tricky Business uses this as a running gag. A reporter is on the scene for a story about a boy who was electrocuted by a power line in a flooded suburb of Miami. The reporter and cameraman, who are now themselves standing in the same area, die. A news van and helicopter follow, and the death toll rises as the reporters keep doing the same things that they are advising the audience to avoid. In the epilogue it turns out that the boy whose death they were reporting didn't even die in the first place. Ultimately, every single death attributable to the storm is of a newsy.
- In Final Destination: Death of the Senses one of Death's intended victims, a bitchy reporter, gets impaled through both eyes by a large two-pronged icicle that falls on her during a live broadcast.
- In Stephen King's The Stand, a radio call-in show discussing the government's crackdown on civil liberties during the Captain Trips plague is interrupted by a military squad entering the studio and gunning down the host.
- World War Z:
- Reality TV variant: a mansion full of celebrities, hired mercenary guards and cameramen insist on broadcasting a real-time running account of their efforts to survive the Zombie Apocalypse. They're overrun not by zombies, but by hordes of panicked civilians who saw the broadcast and realized the mansion offered a potential refuge from the undead. Alternately, they were attacking because they were incensed at the celebs' arrogance.
- Also, during the unmitigated disaster that is the Battle of Yonkers, the large media turnout at what was supposed to be this great victory are instead overrun by zombies when the human forces are thoroughly routed.
- Trica Tanaka gets hit by a meteorite on LOST while covering Hugo's chicken shack.
- The re-imagined Battlestar Galactica miniseries does this with a group of news reporters being blown away by the nuclear bombs going off all over the colonies.
- In the original Battlestar Galactica, Serina is reporting on the peace celebrations when the Cylons attack.
- Parodied on The Daily Show during a field report from Stephen Colbert on a baseball player whose bat had shattered during a game, sending bits of wood flying everywhere - one of the shards hit Colbert while he was looking away and pierced his skull. He doesn't seem to have noticed, but the report degenerates into incoherent rambling.
** This may be a parody of an event that happened in 2000, when Chuck Knoblauch threw a ball into the stands — and hit Keith Olbermann's mother in the face. It predates TV, but could have been captured on a newsreel: On Mother's Day 1939, Bob Feller's mother was hit by a foul ball... from a pitch thrown by Feller.
- The final episode of The 4400 shows the NTAC agents watching a news report on the Promicin plague. At one point, the scene cuts to the NTAC agents and later cuts back to show the reporter succumbing to the Promicin plague.
- Doctor Who:
- "The Ambassadors of Death" has an inversion of the usual moral roles in this trope, with the heroes invading a press conference where the main villain is planning to murder an alien on live TV in order to start a war.
- In the episode "Turn Left", the BBC keeps covering the spaceship plowing towards Buckingham Palace. Once it hits, the screen goes white... and then Donna sees the mushroom cloud.
- "Army of Ghosts" has not only the news, but any broadcast program in which the eponymous ghosts are featured suddenly turn into one of these when the ghosts are revealed to be interdimensional Cybermen.
- Set during the same day as "Army of Ghosts", the online, extra scene for "Doomsday" shows a news report on the ensuing chaos at the hands of the Cybermen and the Daleks. As the reporter speaks, the studio shakes and crumbles. Suddenly, a Dalek appears and approaches her while crying "Exterminate!" The screen goes dead... and clearly, so does the poor reporter.
- In "The End of Time", Part One, the newsreader and Barack Obama are turned into Master clones on live TV. Of course, so is the whole human species save Wilf and Donna, so there's nobody actually watching to be shocked.
- In an episode of Babylon 5 the news station is stormed by government forces during a live broadcast as one of the signs of President Clark's tyranny becoming blatant enough for Babylon 5 to declare independence.
- The Goodies. Done with a Giant Paw of Stomping in the episode "Kitten Kong". Although it's Michael Aspel who gets attacked by the titular beast, so there's pedigree (no pun intended) behind this one.
- Non-fatal example from The Sarah Jane Adventures: While describing people getting possessed throughout the world, the news reader gets possessed. "I accept the Ancient Lights".
- A variation occurs in a DVD bonus skit recorded for The Day Today. A reporter who has been pretending to be at the WTC for a trade conference is thrown to for the 9/11 attacks, at which point it becomes apparent he is oblivious as to everything that is happening. In an attempt to cover up, he pretends to be part of the disaster.
Peter: One of the towers... the other tower... the tower I'm in is collapsing! I'm collapsing, Chris, under the sheer... I've managed... I'm out! I'm out!
- A Running Gag in Drop the Dead Donkey was how Damian's sensationalist field reports always resulted in his cameraman getting injured. In fact during every Title Sequence Damien can be seen checking footage of a report from a war zone, during which the camera POV suddenly falls to the bottom of the trench, with on-screen Damien crouching without pause to continue his report.
- One That Mitchell and Webb Look sketch had a brilliant example of this, parodying the trend of news reporters asking the public for their opinions on the news by having them do this when reporting on an unstoppable alien invasion. Though they are eventually obliterated, it's not before they discuss possible results, comment on the progress of the destruction, and open viewer mail.
Carl from Andville writes, "Where's Doctor Who
when you need him? In fiction, I imagine!" ...yes, indeed, because we're running out of time both on the program and just generally.
- A regular skit on '70s Saturday Morning Kids Show Tiswas was 'The News With Trevor McDonut' (named after big-name news anchor Trevor McDonald), which featured Deadline News stories, inevitably combined with a truly awful pun.
- During the course of the TV series Life a recurring bit was a documentary filmmaker doing interviews with people about Charlie Crewes (the protagonist). In the last episode, the unseen filmmaker interviews the Big Bad, who explains his motivations and then kills the filmmaker.
- In the All That spinoff The Amanda Show, They would have a segment called When ______s attack (sometimes hula girls, The Brady Bunch, etc) They would watch the clips of people being attacked and then at the end the subject would attack the newscaster.
- Parodied in WKRP in Cincinnati's famous episode "Turkeys Away", when the station manager's plan to free twenty turkeys as a Thanksgiving promotion turns out to mean dropping them from a helicopter ("As God is my witness... I thought turkeys could fly.") Les Nessman's breathless report from the scene is cut off mid-sentence when disgusted onlookers attack him, following which the helicopter lands and the surviving turkeys lay into him too.
Oh, no, Johnny, can you get this? Oh, they're plunging to the earth right in front of our eyes! One just went through the windshield of a parked car! Oh, the Humanity!
The turkeys are hitting the ground like sacks of wet cement!
- In Lexx, a Red Shirt Reporter gets Distracted by the Sexy of a 50-foot woman, and dies under her foot.
Anchor: We'll get right back to the scene, courtesy of... someone else. (smiles blandly)
- Russell Edgington pulls off a juicy one in the third season of True Blood as he murders the anchor during a live newscast, then proceeds with his exposition while holding the poor victim's blood-soaked spine in his hand.
- Dead Like Me features the death of a newscaster when a captive bear gets loose. Subverted—his wetting himself in fear while standing by a power socket kills him before the bear gets close enough.
- New Tricks has one Victim of the Week as a radio shock-jock who burned to death live on air.
- Monty Python's The Final Rip Off has a report from the "man being eaten by a crocodile event" in which the reporter stood too close to the crocodile pit and got eaten.
- A non-lethal version happened in The Eighties cop show Hunter, when Hunter and McCall chased a criminal into a news studio during a live broadcast. Captain Devane is at home watching all this on television. He just shakes his head at the sight of his two detectives looking embarrassed at the camera.
- Lordi album The Arockalpyse starts with with a news report where at least two reporters in the field are killed by invading demons while talking to the news anchor.
- Not exactly a disaster, but related: there was an Internet joke document years ago which parodied a day-by-day report on the Barcelona Olympics. In it, the Opening Ceremonies wrapped up with footage of perennial Olympics announcer Bob Costas using a fire extinguisher on his butt, because the guy who was supposed to light the torch instead fired his flaming arrow into the NBC press booth.
- This was a common occurrence on The Muppet Show, where a news report would often end with the subject of the report falling on the Newsman in a slapstick manner.
- A similar joke in a Muppets comic had Fozzie reporting on a home run during a baseball game the night before. Just as he mentions how the ball sailed over the stadium and just kept going, it hits him in the head.
- In the radio version of The War of the Worlds, the news broadcast of the first Martian landing pod is cut short with a gut-wrenching silence. The others don't fare much better.
- The old King Kong attraction at Universal Studios has a reporter in a helicopter get caught by Kong and thrown, the helicopter crashing right above the tour bus.
- Played to extremes in The Demented Cartoon Movie, when Zeeky H. Bomb is interviewed live on television. Not only is the interviewer consumed by the nuclear explosion caused by the Zeeky words, but so are viewers around the world, followed by the world itself.
, that will be broadcast all over the world!"
- In 1983: Doomsday, several news networks such as CNN or NBC were showing the 35th Emmy Awards when a special announcement from the white house interrupted the broadcast. In it Press Secretary Larry Speakes comes out and announces that World War III has begun and that several nuclear missiles are inbound to targets around the world. Cue the horrified reporters.
- Whateley Universe: in "Ayla and the Birthday Brawl" the team is in a simulation, pursuing supervillains across downtown Dallas. A news helicopter that swoops in to get pictures (against police directives) gets a surface-to-air missile from the supervillains for their efforts.
- The Onion:
- Welcome to Night Vale: A non-fatal example happens to Cecil in episode two, when he is possessed by the Glow Cloud.
Cecil: "And now, slaves of the Cloud, the Weather..."
- In fact, Cecil frequently reports on terrifying and potentially deadly events happening right in his radio studio rather often. He reports from his hiding place under his desk as Station Management emerges from their office for the first time in recent memory, gets possessed at least twice more, follows a portal into a Nightmare Fuel Mirror Universe and continues describing what he finds there, and remains at his post during Strexcorp's takeover of the radio station.
- Dragon Ball Z Abridged naturally includes the DBZ example - specifically, Cell. After the TV reporter attributes all the Empty Piles of Clothing to legalized marijuana, a familiar shadow falls over him.
- This Rum and Monkey news roundup:
"Meanwhile, in other news, reports that the maniac behind the campaign of retribution is right behind me have been verified, and key witnesses have been found to be gesturing at me frantically. A spokesman for me has declined to comment, stating only "please don't kill me," before making a doomed attempt to barricade the door. Latest updates indicate that I'm going to die, oh shit here he is, he's in the fucking door and he's got a shotgun, and he's about to -"
- In Family Guy, Asian Reporter Tricia Takinawa is reporting on a hurricane when a car is blown into her. Cut to the studio, where the weather mime then blows into anchors Tom Tucker and Diane Simmons.
- South Park:
- The episode "Night of the Living Homeless" has homeless breach the news station and ask the reporter for change, while the reporter is reporting on the homeless invading South Park and causing general mayhem.
- The episode "It Hits the Fan" featured a reporter covering the outbreak of a disease that causes the victim to vomit up all of their organs. Before he even gets a sentence out, he... vomits up all his organs and dies.
- In Transformers Animated a reporter is covering the Robot War that Soundwave was starting when his camera started attacking him. Then we see a News-Bot covering the news a few days later... But he's okay, you get to see him covering the garbage dispute in the episode "Garbage in, garbage out".
- SpongeBob SquarePants: After giving Spongebob a drivers' license just to get him out of his class, Mrs. Puff has a nightmare vision of Spongebob going on a carefree driving rampage. Cut to Realistic Fish-Head reporting on the carnage, and immediately getting run over by the blissfully unaware sponge. He was conscious, though.
Realistic Fish-Head: Let's... not use that take.
- In Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers episode "Out to Launch" a reporter is making a live-action about a new Space Shuttle as it suddenly gets out of control and goes plummeting towards the control tower. It takes about two seconds after relaying the info for him to realize that he too is in said tower.
- In an episode of Invader Zim, a giant rampaging hamster crushed the news studio where they reported it, which they had actually been able to easily see him about to do, as they were recording his every action.
- Another variant, in which the reporter has already been hit: In "The Big Snit", a short cartoon sponsored by the National Film Board of Canada, a breaking news report on a nuclear holocaust is delivered by a skeleton.
- The Simpsons:
- Used several times on the Treehouse of Horror episodes, ranging from Kent Brockman being attacked by zombies to Kent Brockman being beaten to death by land-walking dolphins. Particularly memorable when he was killed by a giant advertising-icon-turned-moving-rampaging-monster version of himself.
- In the fourth-season episode "Mr. Plow", Brockman makes out far better, but woe is Arnie Pie, Channel 5's "Eye in the Sky" traffic reporter. Pie has been assigned to do a report on skiing conditions from the news helicopter during a blizzard, but the weather conditions make it clearly unsafe to fly. When Pie complains about his safety, an annoyed Brockman grits his teeth and demands to know the ski conditions. Cut to Pie screaming for his life (as the helicopter crashes), "Tell my wife I love ..." before the video feed is lost. Brockman chuckles, "Heh heh heh, good one, Arnie!"
- Used somewhat badly on an episode of The Super Mario Brothers Super Show in which two of Bowser's kids go to Earth and steal a sports car. While they're racing around causing chaos, a news team reports on the mayhem. The report ends when the kids crash into the camera shooting it. The camera can be seen in the report it's supposed to be filming.
- In Futurama, Season 6 Episode 4 "Proposition Infinity": at the beginning of the episode.
Linda: We now go live to our eye-in-the-sky hovercopter on the scene of that terrible hovercopter crash. Jim?
Jim: (in a burning hovercopter) The news is not good. I've just learned that my final words were: Back to you, Linda.
- On Danny Phantom its a Running Gag for Lance Thunder, weatherman, to get sent out to cover whatever ghostly invasion is occurring. Forecast says that we have a 100% chance of seeing him get attacked over the course of the 'Ghost Watch'.
- Batman: The Animated Series:
- The Joker releases a powerful cloud of gas that causes people to break into hysterical laughter. Inevitably, the radio report can't make it to the end without bursting into giggles.
- The newspeople learn their lesson, though, and we see on a later TV broadcast that a reporter is wearing a World War I-era gas mask.
- In the episode "Beware the Creeper", of The New Batman Adventures, Joker interrupts a special news program about him by gassing the crew. Then, he takes the news anchor, dumps him into a vat of chemicals (twice), blows him up, and lets the whole vat drain into the river. The anchor survived, but, needless to say, he wasn't exactly sane after that experience.
- The Young Justice episode "Failsafe" features a Keystone City news reporter (Kid Flash's Aunt Iris of all people) becoming a victim of the alien invasion she's covering in the middle of her report. It comes with the nice touch of her coworker shouting at her to watch out before the camera cuts out. Thankfully, the whole episode is taking place in the characters heads.
- In The Legend of Korra "And the Winner Is...", when Equalists attack the pro-bending finals, the radio commentator covers the attack as it happens, even when one of the Equalists enters his booth to silence him.
One of them is in the booth with me right now, folks! He is leveling one of those glove devices at me now, and I believe he is about to electrocute me! I am currently wetting my pants!
- One episode of Back at the Barnyard has Otis posing as a television reporter. When Mrs. Beady tasers him, he declares "This just in: I'm in horrible pain!" before passing out.
- In a news report on 9/11, reporter NJ Burkett of ABC standing a few blocks from World Trade Center 7 was reporting that the fire department had cleared out of the building, fearing that its collapse was imminent... during this report, the building indeed collapsed, and the reporter found himself running from a cloud of smoke and debris.
- CNN reporters Bernard Shaw, John Holliman and Peter Arnett were in a hotel in downtown Baghdad on January 19, 1991 when coalition forces, led by the United States, began bombing the city. CNN, the only network able to broadcast from there at the time, abruptly put the three men on the air live with no TV feed, and their dramatic radio-like reports vaulted CNN to the forefront of modern television news reporting.
Anchor: We're going to Bernard Shaw in Baghdad.
(no picture; sound of exploding bombs in the background)
Bernard Shaw (out of breath): This is, uh.... something is happening outside!
- Anderson Cooper, reporting on Hurricane Dennis, was almost decapitated when a piece of aluminum siding suddenly broke off in the wind and flew straight at him. He managed to get out of the way.
- A weather reporter is reporting on a torrential rainstorm with lightning and thunder, the whole bit, when suddenly there's a flash and the camera dissolves to static for two seconds before cutting back to the confused anchors. The weatherlady was struck by lightning. Worst of all, this is played for laughs on a comedy show about the funniest moments in television (she survived, but retired).
- Hell, every time Jim Cantore of The Weather Channel is outside, it's a Real Life example...
- One Braves game radio broadcast had a sequence something like this: "He hits a foul ball, and it's heading into the -" CRASH! "It's between your feet, Skip."
- A slight variation, in which a reporter is reporting at an airport. Unfortunately, he's standing too close to the runway, and gets clipped right in the head by a plane as it lands. Here are two examples.
- This video shows a Georgian (south of Russia, not Southern US) reporter getting shot by a sniper while in the middle of reporting on the South Ossetia conflict.
- Al Roker partially combined this trope with Crowning Moment of Awesome during the 2005 hurricane season. During Hurricane Katrina, Al reported from New Orleans and was clearly being affected by the heavy winds. At one point, he remarked that one of the other guys with him said, "Al, don't you wish you had your weight back?" (he had just recently had gastric bypass surgery). Al further said, "Right now, I think I do!!!" before the strong winds caused him to trip and fall.
- On August 11, 1999, every news studio and reporter in Salt Lake City had front row seats to a tornado sweeping through the downtown core.
- On July 15, 1974, chronically depressed Sarasota, Florida anchorwoman Christine Chubbuck shot herself in the head during a live News Broadcast.
- Al Jazeera lost several reporters during the Second Intifada, some of which were recording at the time. Since reporters are required to give their locations to the IDF, the already-Israeli-critical network took it deeply personally when some of those deaths were caused by IDF strikes.
- On July 27, 2007, Reuters reporters interviewing Iraqi citizens (some of whom were armed) were mistaken for militants by a US Army helicopter crew and fired upon. The story really became infamous when WikiLeaks posted the gun camera footage of the incident, given to them by Chelsea (then Bradley) Manning.
- In late 2011 a group of reporters found their hotel in the Middle East taken over by terrorists. This didn't stop them from continuing to transmit reports back to America with news of what was going on in the hotel.
- During the bombardment of Homs, Syria by government troops, reporter Marie Colvin sent back reports of being shot at and shelled in the basement refuge she shared with both terrified Syrian civilians and her fellow journalists. The day after her last report, she was killed.
- During the 2011 conflict in Libya, Geraldo Rivera found himself under fire while broadcasting, leading to suitably dramatic footage of him seemingly leaning over and protecting his cameraman. He would later openly and proudly admit that the only reason he didn't run for his life was that he had bad knees.
- Also, Mohammed Nabbous, who was a blogger, independent journalist, and one of the key figures in the Libyan revolution. He was killed by a pro-Gaddafi sniper while on camera reporting from the Battle of Benghazi.
- Among the dead in the Port Kaituna Airstrip Murders, perpetrated by followers of Jim Jones just before his group's mass suicide, were an NBC reporter and camera operator. They were along with U.S Congressman Leo Ryan to document his attempt to bring back cult members who did not want to remain in Jonestown and to investigate the compound.
- In May 2013 A weather man in Witchia Kansas had to stop reporting on the Tornado as it was now barreling down towards the studio. He was so far into his reporting he didn't realized that the studio was right there.
- At least one police chase in the United States has had part of the foot chase go right through a news station. As one reporter at that station said it "While everyone else was reporting the news, we were the news."
- If World War III had ever broken out during the 1950s-1980s period, emergency broadcast protocols actually would have called for radio stations to continue broadcasting emergency instructions for as long as possible - meaning until the bombs hit or until their emergency generators ran out of juice after the attack. Although pre-recorded messages were created (with the BBC known to have developed an entertainment-style program to keep morale up), someone had to be available to provide current information.note These days this trope likely applies less as many emergency notification messages are now delivered via computerized voice and should the need arise the system could be programmed remotely to provide information, or a report can be "phoned in" without the need to have a live person sitting at a studio microphone near a potential ground zero.
- British offshore pirate radio stations had this happen to them fairly often, between rough seas and the frequently rather dilapidated state of the ships. This recording from Radio North Sea International is a particularly memorable example.
- Another well-known example is when Radio Caroline was boarded and forced off the air by British and Dutch authorities while broadcasting. Although they were nice enough to let the DJs explain what was going on before shutting off their transmitter, with one of the DJs even asking if they wanted to play anything right as they went off air.
- During the 1980 Mt. St. Helens eruption, KOMO news reporter Dave Crockett was caught in the ash cloud, but survived. USGS surveyor David Johnston, the first person to report the eruption, was not so lucky, being swept away by a pyroclastic flow just after his transmission: "Vancouver! Vancouver! This is it!". Reid Blackburn, a photographer for The Columbian newspaper, was also killed in the act.
- Juan Guerra and Jorge Viera, reporters for the Spanish language TV station Telemundo, were caught in the crossfire of the 1997 North Hollywood bank shootout, some rounds missing them by less than two feet.
- Jane Dornacker was doing a traffic report for WNBC (now WFAN) radio in New York in 1986 when the helicopter developed a mechanical problem. She told the pilot — live on the air — to "hit the water, hit the water, hit the water!" The chopper then crashed into the Hudson River, killing her and severely injuring the pilot. It's believed that her last words were the result of her surviving a helicopter crash in the Hackensack River six months prior and thinking that a water crash would be survivable.
- In 1982, the anchors of KOOL-TV (now KSAZ-TV) in Phoenix were held at gunpoint by a man who wanted "to prevent World War III". After holding them hostage for several hours, he then forced them to interrupt programming around 9:30 PM to make anchor Bill Cose read a statement by him for about 20 minutes with a gun pointed at his belly the entire time. It included gems such as instructing Johnny Cash to tell Queen Elizabeth II to evacuate London before it was nuked by Argentina, that Ronald Reagan's son Ricky (who doesn't exist by the way; his sons are named Micheal and Ron) was being brainwashed by Islam, and that Phoenix would be invaded by an army of ants. You can watch the entire thing here.