An Iowa reporter is drawing praise after she stayed calm under pressure when a stranger assailed her with hateful racial epithets during a newscast.
Emmy Victor of KCCI was on scene Tuesday reporting on an officer-involved shooting in Boone when an angry woman approached screaming.
In the shocking footage, Victor — who is black — can be seen backing up as a woman shouts, “Get the f--- out of here you stupid f---ing n-----.”
Victor tries asking the woman not to call her that — but the woman wheels around and begins yelling again before putting her hands on the unperturbed reporter.
She continues cursing and hurling invectives before eventually pushing over the tripod, only leaving when another woman escorts her away.
Through it all, Victor and photojournalist Zach Hayes remain calm.
Police later identified the woman as the mother of the suspect killed in an officer-involved shooting the day before, according to KCCI.
Michael Disbrowe, 28, was killed by police after threatening people with a gun, which he refused to drop.
The station reported that neither Victor nor Hayes was injured in the course of their reporting.
"The safety of our crews is critically important as they cover stories affecting our communities,” KCCI General Manager Brian Sather said in a statement.
“This morning Emmy and Zach demonstrated the utmost professionalism in the face of a very difficult, emotionally-charged situation."
Afterward, support for Victor flooded social media.
“@EmmyVictorKCCI It is hard to stay composed in the face of racial slurs and discrimination. You are a role model on how to not fuel hate,” wrote Twitter user Nathan D. Ritz.
“So glad my friend @EmmyVictorKCCI and her photog are ok! They were just trying to do their jobs! Smh,” KMOV’s Justin Andrews tweeted.
“Fact: @EmmyVictorKCCI is tough as nails,” wrote CNN’s Juana Summers.