A US journalist was hailed on social media after she calmly continued with her live broadcast despite strong winds and falling light stands.
NBC News’ White House correspondent Kristen Welker was giving a crucial update on President Donald Trump’s call for the country to lift social distancing guidelines, but she was outdoors on a windy day. The journalist, who was wearing a mask, was finding it difficult to continue with the report when two standing lights focussed on her also fell.
While the correspondent remained calm, the anchor could be heard saying “Oh my God.” She interrupted Welker saying, “Kristen, please, take a breath” and asked if the correspondent was alright.
“We’re okay. It fell in front of me. It’s okay,” Welker said.
The intrepid @kwelkernbc doesn’t miss a beat despite gusts of wind and falling light stands. But boy did it scare all of us. Thanks always to my friend, Kristen, for carrying on. pic.twitter.com/9lwa5EqyZp
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) April 22, 2020
As the video went viral, people praised the 43-year-old seasoned journalist and brought up comparisons with Hollywood hit The Matrix and professional football. Here’s how people reacted:
First-round pocket presence. pic.twitter.com/1FWJWkLduO
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) April 22, 2020
Scouting report: Prospect clearly has superior knowledge of the game and raw talent to complement her speed. Elite ability to avoid contact in small spaces.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) April 22, 2020
— Jay Sorgi (@jsorgi) April 22, 2020
— Luke Stier (@LukeStier) April 22, 2020
— Jeevan Vittal (@JvittalTV) April 22, 2020
— Rachel Wellford (@rachelwellford) April 22, 2020
— Rob Way (@RobWayTV) April 22, 2020
— Timothy Parker (@TimothyParkerTV) April 22, 2020
— Jill Geisler (@JillGeisler) April 22, 2020
— Susan Moses (@susmoses) April 22, 2020
Kristen: *lights come crashing down*…. ‘But one other thing I’ll say. …’ https://t.co/g0CcLjNUiT
— Simone Clarke-Cooper (@clarkecooper) April 22, 2020
— Spartan Jay Jay (@SpartanJayJay) April 22, 2020
Wow close calls! She was dodging lights like she was in the Matrix! pic.twitter.com/xjDJ6kSY27
— Michelle In Quarantine (@SoSofieFatale) April 22, 2020
Not even a blink of the eye. 👏👏👏
— CMB (@Ytowngirl58) April 22, 2020
— Thee Californian (@TheeCalifornian) April 22, 2020
Shit. She slipped and dodged so smooth Muhammed Ali would have applauded.
— A-aron🌊🐍🇺🇸 (@denialisahoax) April 22, 2020
@kwelkernbc grace under fire. One of the best.
— SamPiper (@SamPiper74) April 22, 2020
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