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Traffic wreck coverage kills WTOC reporter

Steven Shoob worked the overnight shift at WTOC in Savannah. Shoob had been employed there twenty years. He covered news in the field overnight. Then he reported to the newsroom and produced and anchored local cut-in segments that appeared during the national morning newscasts. He wore many hats; he held the title of managing editor.

Shoob was covering a traffic accident on I-95 at 5:30 this morning. According to the Savannah Morning News, a police sergeant had told him the accident was minor. Shoob turned to leave, and a vehicle fatally struck him. From the newspaper web site:

“As great as he was as a journalist, he was an even better person,” (WTOC news director Larry) Silbermann said. “He was a compassionate, caring person.”

WTOC’s web site showed photos of Shoob, a one-man-band, covering a traffic accident in 2002. One-man-band coverage is commonplace in smaller markets like Savannah. Shoob’s willingness to do it for 20 years for Savannah’s notoriously low wages showed Shoob’s remarkable devotion to the news biz. WTOC’s site is loaded with tributes to Shoob from co-workers and public safety folk.

It’s no secret that covering traffic accidents is both humdrum and dangerous work, especially on interstate highways. Some Atlanta stations have forbidden live trucks from raising masts on the shoulders of limited access highways. There’s no question that the added spectacle of a TV truck on a roadside can distract motorists. It’s not known how the Savannah accident happened.

We offer our condolences to Shoob’s family, friends and colleagues.

h/t Peach Pundit.