Alaska Reporter Explains Why She Quits On Air To Fight For Marijuana Legalization

An Alaska television reporter quit on air Sunday, Sept. 21, after admitting to be an owner of a medical marijuana business and planning to fight for legalization of recreational marijuana in the state.

Charlo Greene, a KTVA reporter whose real name is Charlene Egbe, revealed her identity on live TV and walked out of the camera with a “f” word.

“Everything you’ve heard is why I, the actual owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club, will be dedicating all my energy toward fighting for freedom and for fairness, which begins with legalizing marijuana here in Alaska,” Greene said.

Bert Rudman, news director of KTVA, later apologized in a statement for Greene’s “inappropriate language” and said she was fired, the Associated Press reported.

Greene said Monday that she knew she would be leaving her job that way and no one at the station knew about her involvement in the Alaska Cannabis Club.

Alaska will vote in November on whether to decriminalize marijuana.

Taylor Bickford, a spokesman for a group that supports the legalization of pot, said Greene’s action was not the best way to voice support, but he hopes voters get the behind message.

“I hope that her language, which clearly was not appropriate for television, doesn’t distract from the importance of her message,” Bickford said.

In the video below, Greene explains why she quits her job and also campaigns for support in the upcoming vote in November.

Photo Credit: KTVA

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