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Studio SPJ with Jennifer Livingston

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Wisconsin television anchor/reporter Jennifer Livingston made headlines of her own in October went she responded on air to a viewer who criticized her as being overweight.
 
The incident sparked a national discussion about obesity, self-esteem and bullying.
 
It also put Livingston in the unusual position of being part of the news rather than the person reporting it. 
 
Now that a few months have passed, Livington has agreed to be our guest on Studio SPJ.
 
The half-hour conversation, hosted by the Milwaukee chapter of SPJ, will air live on Jan. 3 at 1 p.m. Eastern.
 
A graduate of Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, Livingston started in 1997 as a general assignment reporter for WKBT in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.
 
The viewer sent an email to Livingston telling her to "reconsider your responsibility as a local public personality to present and promote a healthy lifestyle."
 
Livingston responded with a 4-minute on-air segment in which she acknowledged being  overweight but said the viewer's words were cruel.
 
She went on to say: "To all the children out there who feel lost, who are struggling with your weight, your sexual preference, your disability, even the acne on your face, listen to me right now: do not let your self-worth be defined by bullies."
 
A YouTube clip of Livingston's remarks has drawn more than 10.5 million views. The incident also lead to Livingston making an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres show.
 
 
 
 
 

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