This brave news anchor is receiving a lot of admiration from around the world for a very sad reason.
Supreet Kaur, an anchor on IBC24, one of the leading TV stations in Chhattisgarh state in central India learned of her husband’s death as she reported an accident he was involved in live on the air.
She is now being praised for showing incredible composure and carrying on her job. The brave news anchor, Supreet Kaur had been life on camera on Saturday when a reporter called in details of a crash that killed three people.
The reporter, at the time, did not have the names of the casualties but according to The Hindustan Times, Kaur realized that her husband, Harshad Kawade, was among the dead based on information about the car and location of the crash provided by the reporter.
The Indian Express reported that a production team at the scene had also just discovered Kaur’s husband had been killed in the crash but didn’t have a chance to alert her while the story was live.
As she read out the report, her face was mostly obscured by a breaking news banner, but when the camera returned to her she hesitated for only a split second before continuing. The Associated Press reported that IBC24’s editor-in-chief Ravikant Mittal said on Sunday;
“For a moment her voice trembled, but she collected herself and carried on reading the news for another 10 minutes”
Kaur’s husband had been traveling in the car when it was apparently hit by a truck from behind, causing significant damage. The two survivors in the car were seriously injured.
The brave news anchor had just been married for a little over a year. Reports say that she and her co-anchor finished out the news segment, then she walked away from her desk and burst into tears. She then contacted her family and left for the crash site.
Viewers who had been watching the broadcast when it happened were impressed with her strength and both colleagues and members of the public have called her ‘amazing grace,’ ‘braveheart’ and ‘woman of steel’. A statement from Kaur’s station said; “We stand with our colleague in her pain.”