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TV reporter fired after controversial blog posts

Posted by Anush Elbakyan, Boston.com Staff  July 30, 2013 02:12 PM

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Shea Allen, an investigative reporter for ABC affiliate WAAY-TV Huntsville, Alabama, got a little carried away by unveiling some "confessions" on her personal blog.

The blog post titled, “Confessions of a Red Headed Reporter,” consisted of several revelations about Allen's job as a reporter:

1. I've gone bra-less during a live broadcast and no one was the wiser.

2. My best sources are the ones who secretly have a crush on me.

3. I am better live when I have no script and no idea what I'm talking about.

4. I've mastered the ability to contort my body into a position that makes me appear much skinner in front of the camera than I actually am.

5. I hate the right side of my face.

6. I'm frightened of old people and I refuse to do stories involving them or the places they reside.

7. Happy, fluffy, rainbow stories about good things make me depressed.

8. I've taken naps in the news car.

9. If you ramble and I deem you unnecessary for my story, I'll stop recording but let you think otherwise.

10. I've stolen mail and then put it back. (maybe)

Allen reportedly pulled the post for a short time, but later reposted with a new title, "No Apologies: Confessions of a Red Headed Reporter," and a disclaimer:

"This post was taken down because I was momentarily misguided about who I am and what I stand for. To clarify, I make no apologies for the following re-post. It's funny, satirical and will likely offend some of the more conservative folks. But it isn't fake and its a genuine look into my slightly twisted psyche."

Among other things, Allen posted a video on her YouTube channel in which she talks about the "exciting" things journalist do on a Friday, such as, "This is me sitting in my car, waiting to do a story about nothing and getting paid less than most McDonald's managers."

Allen tweeted Monday saying:

She also gave an interview to Inside Edition and when asked if she thought she would get in trouble for the blog, she replied:

"Management has always asked us to put a slice of our personal life out there and that's all I was really trying to do."


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