News Director Calls Station’s Murder Coverage ‘Offensive’

By Andrew Gauthier 


In Atlanta, WGCL‘s in-depth coverage of a local man arrested for murder went too far according to Steve Schwaid, the station’s News Director.

In covering the arrest of Lishan Wang, a 44-year-old man accused of murdering a Yale University doctor, members of the WGCL news team went to his home and spoke to his wife. The only problem was that Wang’s wife wasn’t yet aware that her husband had been arrested and was accused of murder.


After inviting the WGCL reporter into her home, Wang’s wife fell to the floor and began sobbing. The station aired the dramatic footage during its evening newscast, a move that Schwaid describes as “offensive and horrifying.”

In an open letter posted on the WGCL website, Schwaid apologizes to viewers for the video. “We were wrong and I apologize,” he writes. (Full apology here)