KIRO Reporter Critical Of Nets ‘Exclusives’

While covering Autumn Veatch, the 16-year-old who survived plane crash in rural Washington, KIRO reporter Gary Horcher noted what he called “an unsettling observation” about how the major networks attempted to get exclusives with Veatch’s family by offering them hotel rooms, food and other gifts. “I’m a local reporter, and the currency I trade is built on relationships — on trust — on belief that I’m their advocate. I’ve never offered anything more in exchange for information, or an interview.”