TV Newsers Participate in WSJ’s Evan Gershkovich Read-A-Thon

By Mark Mwachiro 

ABC News' David Muir talking part in Evan Gershkovich read-a-thon

Friday marks the unfortunate first anniversary of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich’s detention in a Russian jail.

Gershkovich, who was on a reporting assignment at the time of his apprehension, is being accused of espionage, making him the first American detained on such an allegation since the Cold War.

On Tuesday, Gershkovich made his 12th court appearance where, according to The Wall Street Journal, his pre-trial detention was extended to at least June 30.


In a statement, the WSJ added that Gershkovich “should never have been detained. Journalism is not a crime, and we continue to demand his immediate release.”

In recognition of this somber anniversary, the WSJ held a public reading of his report by his peers and colleagues for 24 hours. The read-a-thon began on Wednesday at noon ET from the WSJ’s NY headquarters and was led by WSJ’s editor-in-chief Emma Tucker and Dow Jones CEO and WSJ Publisher Almar Latour.

The WSJ reached out to colleagues across the industry, and the company said it was overwhelmed by the responses and support it received from journalists, including TV newsers from ABC News, CBS News, CNBC, CNN, Fox News, NBC News and PBS.

Those who participated in the read-a-thon in person or submitted pre-recorded readings include:

ABC News

  • David Muir
    Martha Raddatz (pre-recorded)

CBS News

  • Norah O’Donnell


  • Emily Wilkins (pre-recorded)


  • Abby Phillip
    Kaitlan Collins
    Jake Tapper (pre-recorded)
    Laura Coates (pre-recorded)

Fox News

  • Bill Hemmer
    Dana Perino
    Bret Baier (pre-recorded)
    Jennifer Griffin (pre-recorded)

NBC News

  • Lester Holt
    Andrea Mitchell
    Rebecca Blumenstein, NBC News, president, editorial
    Meghan Rafferty, NBC Nightly News executive producer
    David Rohde, NBC News National security editor

PBS NewsHour

  • Geoff Bennett (pre-recorded)
    Amna Nawaz (pre-recorded)