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A Year Later, Father Of Slain Reporter Calls Out 'Treasonous GOP' For Inaction On Gun Violence

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 08.26.2016 | Politics

Andy Parker won’t let you forget. One year ago, on Aug. 25, his daughter Alison was murdered along with her cameraman, Adam Ward, during a live TV s...

Virginia Journalists Killed On Live TV Remembered One Year Later

The Huffington Post | Amber Ferguson | Posted 08.26.2016 | Media

A Roanoke news station broadcast a heartwarming tribute on the one-year anniversary of the deaths of two journalists who were shot and killed on live ...

Ethics Wins

Andy Parker | Posted 04.07.2016 | Impact
Andy Parker

Next week my wife Barbara, Alison's boyfriend Chris Hurst, and I will head back to James Madison University for the School of Media Arts and Design (SMAD) banquet. SMAD was where Alison cut her journalistic teeth, learning from some of the finest professors in the country.

St. Patrick's Day a Year After Tragedy

Andy Parker | Posted 03.16.2016 | Politics
Andy Parker

For years, WDBJ7 has hosted a live broadcast of the St. Patrick's Day parade in Roanoke. Management had asked who wanted to emcee the event, and Alison immediately volunteered. I miss her stories, and I miss her at the parade she should have been covering this year.

How Will Hillary Answer the McAuliffe Question?

Andy Parker | Posted 02.15.2017 | Politics
Andy Parker

Now we know that the deal was made over an oyster dinner with NRA lobbyists and their legislative minions. No one on our side was at the table. The deal nearly fell apart when a senior Republican said on a radio program that the agreement was "a huge expansion of gun rights."

One Of My Best Friends Was Shot And Murdered On Live Television

xoJANE | Posted 10.02.2016 | Women

I saw her face on news channels over and over. Everyone told me to shut down the television, don't look, but I could not. I watched every single ugly time I saw her scream.

Virginia TV Shooting Survivor Vicki Gardner Speaks Out

The Huffington Post | Alana Horowitz | Posted 09.16.2015 | Crime

Watch the latest video at The woman who survived the fatal on-air shooting of two Virginia journalists last month played dead in ord...

The Power of "Prophetic" Grief

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.11.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Prophetic grief can spur action and change; instead of focusing on the one who murders, we need to focus on the larger culture that fosters hatred and violence. It's easier to deal with the 'who' and singularize the crime and make one person responsible and thereby excuse ourselves.

Father Of Murdered TV Reporter Slams Congressman Goodlatte For Inaction On Gun Violence

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 09.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Andy Parker, whose daughter Alison was killed on live television just two weeks ago, tore into Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) on Thursday fo...

Dad Of Slain WDBJ Reporter To Lead #WhateverItTakes Gun Control Rally In D.C.

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 09.10.2015 | Politics

After his daughter, WDBJ-TV reporter Alison Parker, and her colleague Adam Ward were shot dead on live television last month, Andy Parker vowed to do ...

The Virginia Shooting Reminds Me of a Colleague's Execution 36 Years Ago

Chuck Gomez | Posted 08.31.2016 | Crime
Chuck Gomez

His name was Bill Stewart, a courageous ABC newsman. According to published reports and to interviews conducted with journalists who covered the story, Stewart was executed by Nicaragua's National Guard during the Civil War of 1979. As a CBS News correspondent myself covering that war, I was in Nicaragua the day Stewart was killed

Father Of Slain Journalist: 'They Messed With The Wrong Family'

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 08.31.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The father of slain TV journalist Alison Parker said that NRA supporters and lawmakers who voted against passing stricter gun laws have ...

Gun-Crazed Nation

Rick Horowitz | Posted 08.29.2016 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

"We're Number 1!" (We must be so proud...)

'Playing Possum' Helped Victim Survive On-Air TV Shooting

Associated Press | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 12.19.2016 | Crime

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — The woman who survived the on-air shooting that killed two TV journalists says she never saw the gunman walk up to the group bec...

Slain Reporter's Father Fears For His Safety As He Takes Up Gun Control Activism

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 08.28.2015 | Politics

Andy Parker, the father of murdered WDBJ journalist Alison Parker, renewed his call Friday for politicians to enact "reasonable" gun control measures....

A Generation Desensitized to Gun Violence

Patrice Bendig | Posted 08.28.2016 | Media
Patrice Bendig

Surely there are children who saw the screenshots from the cover of the New York Daily News, and are asking their parents tough questions this week. But their curiosity and questioning should not make us afraid.

With Tougher Gun Control Laws, Alison Parker and Adam Ward Might Still Be Alive

Bonnie Fuller | Posted 08.28.2016 | Politics
Bonnie Fuller

Is it really such a huge inconvenience to responsible gun owners to have to undergo a background check? Wouldn't gun owners put up with a little inconvenience if it meant that Alison Parker could talk to her father every day and Adam Ward could walk down the aisle with his beloved, Melissa? Maybe, maybe if it was harder to get a gun, Vester Flanagan wouldn't have ended up with one in his hands.

A Hate Crime is a Hate Crime No Matter the Color of the Perpetrator

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 08.28.2016 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The Flanagan onslaught claimed innocent lives and caused monumental pain and suffering to the victims' families and friends. It dangerously heightens racial distrust and further poisons racial attitudes. This is all the more reason for blacks to quickly and vigorously condemn these attacks.

Roanoke: He Was Not One Of Us

Jaye Watson | Posted 08.28.2016 | Media
Jaye Watson

The live aspect of our business is just one of the many reasons that television news is not for the faint of heart. Nor is it for the thin-skinned. And in the hours after we found out that Adam and Alison's killer was someone who had been a journalist, I had one thought -- he wasn't one of us.

Chris Murphy: Congress Giving 'Quiet Endorsement' To Murders

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 08.28.2015 | Politics

So that happened. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) hammered Congressional inaction on gun violence during a HuffPost podcast interview, following yet anoth...

Stop Looking For A Single Reason Men Commit Public Shootings

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray | Posted 08.30.2015 | Women

Shock. Horror. Debate. Exasperation. Ignore. Repeat. This is the cycle we go through each and every time a public, violent tragedy strikes. December ...

WDBJ Staff Will Continue To 'Get The Job Done' After Tragedy

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 01.03.2017 | Crime

At an emotional press conference in Virginia Thursday afternoon, the staff at WDBJ, the station where two journalists had been shot and killed the pre...

For Local TV Reporters, The Murders of Alison Parker and Adam Ward Are Intensely Personal

Lindsay Ferrier | Posted 08.27.2016 | Media
Lindsay Ferrier

For legions of reporters and photographers out there, I doubt the horror of what happened yesterday morning will ever really go away. In big cities and small ones across the country, live reporting will never really be the same.

Art of Aha: Breaking News

Michelle Tennant Nicholson | Posted 08.26.2016 | Media
Michelle Tennant Nicholson

Breaking news is often shocking and if you're wanting to make a difference in our news cycle, it is the thing to watch. Tie your public commentary into breaking news and you'll impact the public conversation we're all having about the media coverage.

Scholarship Funds For Alison Parker, Adam Ward Honor Slain Journalists

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 08.27.2015 | Impact

As family members, coworkers and friends begin to mourn the loss of two Virginia journalists killed on air, supporters have already found a meaningful...