TV Newsers Continue to Report From Outside Child Detention Facilities in South Texas

By A.J. Katz 

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The story of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy that separates children from their parents who are crossing the U.S. border into Mexico isn’t leaving the collective mind of the national news media. At least not yet.

News networks continue to send their journalists and hosts down to McAllen, Texas.  MSNBC Last Word host Lawrence O’Donnell and All In’s Chris Hayes will host their respective prime time programs from south Texas on Tuesday. Stephanie Ruhle will be live from Texas today to anchor the network’s 9 and 11 a.m. hours.

Gayle King continued to report for CBS This Morning on Tuesday morning.

She interviewed civil rights attorney Jennifer Harbury, whose says her client got the audio to her, who then sent it ProPublica, who then spread it to the press and eventually wider public.


King had reported for CTM from Texas on Monday, as well as for last night’s edition of the CBS Evening News.

David Begnaud, who has become something of a household name, particularly in Puerto Rico for his reporting on Hurricane Maria, reported for Evening News last night. He sparked controversy yesterday when he used the word “cage” to describe what we saw at the detention facilities.

He reported from Hidalgo, Texas for CBS This Morning on Tuesday.

Lester Holt anchored Nightly News last night from Mission, Texas, at the U.S.-Mexico  border. He was the only network news anchor to do so.

He, and Today show correspondent Craig Melvin, reported for Today this morning. Melvin reported from outside a Walmart in Brownsville, Texas, a building which had been turned into a detention facility housing roughly 1,500 boys,aged 10 to 17, who were all caught illegally crossing the border. It is America’s largest facility for such minors.


National TV news reporters including NBC News’s Jacob Soboroff and ABC News’s Tom Llamas are among those who have been reporting from the detention facilities since last week.

Fox News just announced their live coverage plans from the U.S-Mexico border and detention facilities:

  • Laura Ingraham will host The Ingraham Angle live from the border crossing of Otay Mesa in San Diego this evening. This will come 24 hours after the Fox News prime time host referred to the detention facilities as “essentially summer camps.”
  • Correspondent Griff Jenkins reports live from McAllen, TX
  • Correspondent Jeff Paul reports live in Tornillo, TX
  • Correspondent William La Jeunesse reports live from San Diego