Woman reporter calls out runner

Brenda Watkins
December 9, 2019

Ms Bozarjian stumbled over her words as the unexpected attack took place on live television (pictured) Image: Twitter.

She laughs as a runner in a gorilla suit jogs into view, saying: "Woah".

"To the man who smacked my butt on live TV this morning: You violated, objectified, and embarrassed me", she wrote.

The news footage shows enthusiastic runners waving at the camera as Bozarjian spoke about the huge turnout. 'You violated, objectified, and embarrassed me.

The man was swiftly identified by social media users as Tommy Callaway, using his marathon bib number. No woman should EVER have to put up with this at work or anywhere!

The director of the sports council responsible for organising the race publicly condemned the alleged perpetrator and implied that action would be taken against the man.

To Bozarjian, he wrote: "Alex, what happened today is 100% unacceptable".

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Unclear if police are also involved at this point - we're working on it.

"Yesterday afternoon we identified [the man] and shared his information with the reporter and her station", the statement read. They said their ability to investigate further depends on how she would like to proceed.

The assault is just the latest in a string of high-profile incidents that have highlighted the sexism that women journalists at both the local and national level are forced to slog through in order to do their jobs effectively.

"DO NOT TOUCH REPORTERS", said Caitlyn Penter, another TV reporter in North Carolina.

In September, a reporter was kissed on air by a man while covering a music festival in Kentucky.

"To the man who violated my lovely, talented, professional and BRILLIANT friend LIVE ON TV: There's a TEAM of people looking to teach you a lesson in how to not disrespect a woman who is just trying to do her job".

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