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dateline: 01 September 2015

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American Journalists Murdered On Live TV

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • disgruntled: unhappy; one who is not satisfied with an experience
  • ex-employee: someone who no longer works for a specific employer
  • massacre: killing
  • chilling: scary

American Journalists Murdered On Live TV

Two young American journalists were shot and killed by a disgruntled ex-employee on August 25. The cameraman, Adam Ward (27) and Alison Parker (24) from WDBJ7 news in Virginia, were killed while doing a live report. TV viewers and from the local news station watched the massacre live. The killer, Vester Flanagan, who had been fired from the news station in 2013, shot himself after state troopers found him and drove him . Many people learned about the massacre on Twitter and Facebook, where the killer shared chilling and video footage before taking his own life.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Who was killed?
  2. What relationship did Vester Flanagan have to the victims?
  3. How did so many people see footage of this chilling massacre?

Discussion Questions: When Vester Flanagan was fired from WDBJ7, he was so angry that he had to be escorted out by police. Is there a way to protect employees from disgruntled ex-co-workers?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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