Best Sensitive TV Reporting

KEYE's Bettie Cross on Petticoat Fair

When KEYE beat reporter Bettie Cross was one of the first local journalists to get interviews with both sides of the unfortunate fracas that erupted over a bra-fitting (or lack thereof) between local transgender activist Kylie Jack and women's foundation garment store Petticoat Fair, she could have done the same thing that handfuls of knee-jerk bloggers, Facebookers, and Tweeters had done before her: She could have picked a side, fired up her torch, and sharpened her pitchfork. Or she could have drowned the story in the bland, safe, issue-avoiding hegemony that oozes out of the compressed formula of TV news. But she didn't. She approached the controversy with measured care, she listened, and she didn't assume guilt before proof or explanation of either side. Bettie Cross performed the radical act of approaching the subjects of the story as fellow humans.

Bettie Cross
CBS Austin
10700 Metric

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