KMOV (Channel 4) reporter Matt Sczesny and it wasn’t by someone who got overly frustrated after trying to spell Sczesny’s name phonetically like you’d imagine. Turns out it was just some guy who wandered over while they were on a story.
Sczesny was in Alorton standing outside a KMOV truck when a man walked up to him and asked if he could ask him a question. Sczesny said sure, and the man punched him, according to Sean McLaughlin, KMOV’s executive news director.
Crazy! …if this happened anywhere else but in the Metro East area, but it did, so we’re going to go with “Wow! We’re mildly surprised…that you weren’t also shanked.”
McLaughlin said there was no indication what prompted the attack.
Thanks for clearing that up. Before that pretty much everyone thought Matt Sczesny was taunting random people in between live shots.
The new of this seemingly random reporter attack has shaken the whole local news industry. Sure these people cover murders and “Knockout Game” stories half of their day, but reporters have always been in a bubble protected from the chaos that is St. Louis. But as Matt Sczesny can attest after getting the ole “Hey can I ask you a question? *pow*” play, that is no longer the case.
Over at KSDK, even the weather team has felt the pressure according to reporter Ryan Dean’s Twitter post: