A local news anchor in Wisconsin took to the airwaves to respond to criticism about her weight from a viewer, and the video has gone viral. Jennifer Livingston, who anchors WKBT News 8 This Morning in La Crosse, WI got an email from a viewer that left her so shocked, she decided to respond on the air.
According to WKBT’s website, Livingston’s husband Mike Thompson, who anchors the station’s 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts, posted the letter on his Facebook page. He received such tremendous support for his wife that she decided to go public with it. The letter reads:
It’s unusual that I see your morning show, but I did so for a very short time today. I was surprised indeed to witness that your physical condition hasn’t improved for many years. Surely you don’t consider yourself a suitable example for this community’s young people, girls in particular. Obesity is one of the worst choices a person can make and one of the most dangerous habits to maintain. I leave you this note hoping that you’ll reconsider your responsibility as a local public personality to present and promote a healthy lifestyle.”
A story posted on WKBT’s website identifies the person who wrote the letter as Kenneth K. Krause. When Livingston responded on air, she acknowledged that she is indeed overweight, but that her character is much more than a number on a scale.