FRANK Somerville has reportedly been pulled off the air at KTVU over his coverage of the Gabby Petito case.
The case of Gabby has sparked a national outcry as her fiancé Brian Laundrie continues to evade authorities.
Who is Frank Somerville’s wife?
The longtime KTVY news anchor is married to his wife, Donna Wright, a television producer.
The couple has two daughters – one of which, Callie, was adopted in 2005 when she was a baby.
Somerville has kept his relationship with Donna mostly private, however, in an interview with the National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences, he opened up about his personal life.
He said the couple spend their “together time” at the gym and that the pair “encourage each other…to keep pushing.”
Why was Frank Somerville taken off air?
On September 26, it was reported that Somerville was pulled off air over his coverage of Gabby’s case just days after Joy Reid’s “missing white women” comments.
Somerville has reportedly been “suspended indefinitely” after a behind-the-scenes disagreement about his coverage of 22-year-old vlogger’s disappearance.
According to The Mercury News, Somerville wanted to add a tagline to a segment about the case to point out the disparity in the coverage of missing persons cases of white women relative to women of color.
Somerville, who has an adopted black daughter, reportedly pushed back after the tagline was refused.
There was no word on how heated the discussion got.
Sources told the outlet that Somerville was informed by station management the next day that he was being suspended.
His suspension came just six weeks after a previous leave of absence for health issues when he struggled to read his teleprompter and slurred his words during a broadcast in May.
What did Joy Reid say about the Gabby Petito case?
MSNBC host Joy Reid similarly spoke on the Gabby Petito case on her show on September 20.
“The Petito family certainly deserves answers and justice. But the way this story captivated the nation has many wondering why not the same media attention when people of color go missing?” Reid said.
“Well, the answer actually has a name: Missing White Woman Syndrome, the term coined by the late and great Gwen Ifill to describe the media and public fascination with missing white women like Laci Peterson or Natalee Holloway, while ignoring cases involving of people of color.”
Reid hosted a discussion with representatives from the Black and Missing Foundation and Not Our Native Daughters Foundation when she made the comments.
Speaking about the case of missing geologist Daniel Robinson, she added: “I never heard of it until this friend of mine sent it to me. And I guess that’s the issue, isn’t it?”
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