Reporter Told He’s ‘Disgrace to Arkansas’ Wins Regional Emmy

By Kevin Eck 

Mitch McCoy, the Little Rock, Ark., reporter who was told to get off the air by a viewer because he was gay, has won an Emmy.

McCoy, one of a team of seven, won a Mid-American regional Emmy for Best Weekend Newscast for severe weather reporting on NBC and Fox affiliate KARKKLRT.

In May a viewer sent an email to McCoy, who is gay, saying children should not be watching people like him. “Society is not ready for gay men reading news,” said the man.

“I’ve been holding back for months but I can’t stand your gayness,” said the viewer, who also told McCoy he was a “disgrace to Arkansas.”

“I’ve dreamt of being a reporter since I was 9 and I won’t stop on your behalf,” McCoy replied on Twitter.