Parents of TV Reporter Killed On Air Continue to Push For Change

By Kevin Eck 

Six months ago, WDBJ reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were killed after a gunman–their former co-worker–shot them in cold blood, while the two were in the middle of a live shot for the Roanoke CBS affiliate.

Now, Alison’s parents, Andy and Barbara, tell CBS Sunday Morning they want to make sure something like this never happens again.

“We’re on a mission,” Andy Parker told Erin Moriarty in an interview set to air tomorrow. “I don’t think it’s Quixotic. And I don’t think we’re going to fail.”


The man who killed Ward and Parker bought his gun legally after passing a background check. Parker’s parents are seeking more robust checks for gun purchases.

“We’ve seen this become a national conversation,” said Barbara Parker. “Even a couple of years ago, no one would talk about it. But now people are all discussing it, and telling us, ‘What you’re doing is important.’”

This story first appeared on TVSpy.