Shootings, floods, fires, crime, courtroom drama – journalism is often about covering someone’s worst day, every day. Studies show up to one in eight journalists can show signs of stress or PTSD on the job. We’ll discuss coping strategies, what not to do after returning home, and how people can seek help in their newsrooms.
Moderator: David McAlpine
Panelists: Evan Lambert, Blake McCoy, Casey Stegall
EVAN LAMBERT is an award-winning journalist, who joined the Fox 5 News team in July 2017 from Fox-owned WTVT Fox 13 in Tampa, Florida. While covering news in Tampa, with stops along the way in Orlando and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, he reported on numerous stories of national interest. He was the station’s lead reporter on one of the hardest stories he has ever had to tell, the Pulse nightclub attack. Lambert’s career in broadcast journalism began before he graduated high school as a reporter and anchor for “Teen Perspective 2News,” a teen news show at the ABC affiliate in his hometown of Baltimore, where he developed a passion for storytelling. Lambert is a proud graduate of the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
DAVID McALPINE is an award-winning field producer for Fox News based in Washington, D.C. He covers the transportation beat for the network, and contributes to and coordinates breaking news, political and special events coverage. Before moving to Fox, McAlpine produced the top-rated 5 p.m. newscast at WPVI-TV in Philadelphia. He started his career at KTLA-TV in Los Angeles as an entertainment producer. He has also produced newscasts and special coverage at KTLA and KIRO-TV in Seattle. McAlpine graduated cum laude from the University of Southern California, where he was an All-American Division I athlete and a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. He holds a bachelor’s in broadcast and digital journalism and a bachelor’s in neuroscience.
BLAKE McCOY joined Fox 5 from NBC News where he was a correspondent covering major national stories. McCoy was among the first national reporters in San Bernardino following the terror attack and has covered multiple mass shootings since, including Orlando and Las Vegas. He covered the water crisis in Flint, controversial police shootings and countless hurricanes, blizzards and tornadoes. There were a few fun stories too, like a dog and cat running for president in Kentucky. Yes, they were actually on the ballot and McCoy moderated a mock debate with their owners. Before joining NBC News, he anchored newscasts in Minneapolis, Las Vegas and Boise, Idaho.
CASEY STEGALL joined Fox News Channel in 2007, and currently serves as a correspondent based in the Dallas bureau. Prior to joining Fox, Stegall served as a reporter and a substitute anchor for KDFW-TV in Dallas, where he was responsible for up to 10 live reports per day and coverage of breaking news. Before this, he was a reporter and substitute anchor at KVUE-TV in Austin, Texas, covering the city government beat and cultivating sources. A recipient of several awards, including a 2006 regional Emmy Award for Best Live Reporting in Dallas, Stegall started his broadcast journalism career in 2000 as a reporter for WTVW-TV in Evansville, Indiana. He graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in telecommunications, specializing in television news.