After the untimely death of WABC reporter Lisa Colagrossi, New York news blogger @NYNewsObserver was inspired to get anchors and reporters to show their appreciation for one other through social media.
The man behind @NYNewsObserver, who didn’t want his name used, told TVSpy, he started the trend “to honor & remember Lisa by paying it forward.” He added, “To put it simply, thank a reporter for their hard work & let them know it’s appreciated.”
To get in on the good vibes, give a reporter, anchor, photog, producer or anyone at a news station a compliment and use the hashtag #ThankAReporter.
He said he is moved by how quickly the trend has taken off. “I never thought it would and I’m happy it did. I hope it’s making journalists feel appreciated & I hope the staff at WABC are seeing just how many people have taken part in honoring Lisa.”
The 49-year-old Colagrossi suffered a brain aneurysm Thursday while out on assignment.
“@valerienoel68: @PatBattle4NY @JaniceHuff4ny @PeiSzeCheng4ny @Shiba4NY @Kerry4NY ” TY for the Gr8 job u do. #ThankAReporter” thanks!
— Pei-Sze Cheng (@PeiSzeCheng4NY) March 23, 2015
Thank YOU @KcharlesNewsNow for the tweet and for just being you ! Always a great support! #ThankAReporter
— Tanisha Mallette (@Tanisha10TV) March 25, 2015
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— Sheila Gray (@SheilaGrayTV) March 24, 2015