Television news reporter shocked viewers when she quit on air to run her marijuana club. Charlo Greene was in the middle of reporting on CBS affiliate KTVA-TV in Anchorage, Alaska when she dropped the F-bomb and switched from news to disclose that she owned a cannabis club in the city. Immediately after, she reported she was quitting her job.
Greene is the president and owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club which is Alaska’s only legal medical marijuana resource. She decided to quit her job in order to redirect all of her efforts towards helping end what has been a failed drug policy. Greene feels Alaskan voters have failed to keep the movement of the nation going in the direction of freedom and fairness; this, according to Greene, has ruined far too many American’s lives.
While employed as a reporter Greene said she has seen the lies and dirty campaign tricks of those who oppose marijuana legalization have used over the past several months to sway voters who live in Alaska. Obviously it is working, said Greene, because polls show the majority of those who were in favor of the cannabis initiative at first, are now against it.
Few people are as passionate about passing this initiative as one that would burn the bridge and abandon her current job to dedicate her energy toward this initiative. Greene is well-educated on the marijuana industry as well as media savvy. She has the courage to face the injustice and do something about it. Greene is not alone; she has the backing of her Alaska Cannabis Club members who are also ready to fight.
Greene whose real name is Charlene Egbe said she had no choice but to quit her job in order to fight the way she intends to. After dropping the F-Bomb and quitting, she walked off the set. Greene said her departure was planned and she knew for nearly a month that she would leave that way, but kept it to herself and did not disclose her intentions to anyone at the station.
Kristina Woolston, spokeswoman for the opposition group Big Marijuana Big Mistake, said the group has complained twice to KTVA management because they felt Greene rendered biased coverage on the ballot initiative. In a statement she said:
While we are frustrated with these actions, we are further disappointed by this distraction from what needs to be a full and honest debate about a dangerous initiative that will hurt Alaska’s communities and kids.
The group, along with an email from the executive director of the Alaska Association of Chiefs of Police Kalie Klaysmat, outlined its concerns with Greene’s method of reporting on the topic.
She seemed only interested in information that supported her point of view. She did not explore contrary information; she attacked it. That she seems to be the primary reporter covering marijuana issues and has such a strong personal opinion on this very divisive topic causes me to question the station’s editorial judgment.
After reporting on the Alaska Cannabis Club on Sunday night’s broadcast, Charlo Greene identified herself as the business’s owner and quit her job at KTVA. Anchor Alexis Fernandez apologized to viewers for her co-workers behavior but not before she was momentarily stunned. On Monday morning, Bert Rudman, news director for KTVA, posted an apology on the station’s website.
By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)