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September 22, 2014 at 9:05 AM

TV reporter in Alaska quits on air to promote pot

Material included from The Associated Press

A reporter for an Alaska TV station revealed on the air that she owns a medical marijuana business and was quitting her job to advocate for the drug.

After reporting on the Alaska Cannabis Club on Sunday night’s broadcast, KTVA’s Charlo Greene identified herself as the business’s owner and said she would be devoting all her energy to fighting for “freedom and fairness.” She then used an expletive to quit her job, and walked off-camera.

According to Alaska Dispatch News, Greene reported on her business “without revealing her connection to it.”

Greene told Alaska Dispatch News she quit in dramatic fashion “because I wanted to draw attention to this issue.” 

In a statement on KTVA’s website and Facebook page, news director Bert Rudman apologized for Greene’s “inappropriate language” and said she was terminated.

Alaska voters decide Nov. 4 whether to legalize recreational pot.

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