Tori Yorgey, West Virginia Reporter, Struck By Car While Reporting

Tori Yorgey in a Jan. 20 tweet
Tori Yorgey in a Jan. 20 tweet (Image credit:

WSAZ Huntington (WV) reporter Tori Yorgey was hit by a car January 19 while reporting live. She apparently was uninjured and continued the report about a water main break.  

“Oh my god! I just got hit by a car, but I’m OK,” she told anchor Tim Irr after being struck. 

Tim Irr and Tori Yorgey of WSAZ.

Tim Irr and Tori Yorgey of WSAZ. (Image credit: WSAZ)

The road Yorgey was on in Dunbar, West Virginia, was icy. Yorgey kept insisting she was OK after being hit, and resumed the report as a concerned Irr watched from the studio. 

“That’s live TV for you,” said Yorgey, who added that “my whole life just flashed before my eyes.” She said, "I thought we were in a safe spot but clearly we might need to move the camera over a bit."

The motorist who struck her stopped to check on the reporter. “That woman was so nice,” said Yorgey. 

Gray Television owns WSAZ in DMA No. 75. Yorgey graduated from Penn State late in 2018 and started at WSAZ a short while later. 

Yorgey, who said she got hit by a car just like that when she was in college, plans to move on to Hearst Television’s WTAE Pittsburgh as of February 1. "You know it's my last week on the job and I think this would happen specifically to me, Tim," she said, smiling. 

Later in the afternoon, Yorgey tweeted a picture of herself with thumbs up and a message that read in part: "Wow. I am flattered by the kindness and well wishes. I am feeling fine, just a little sore!  Thank you all so much." ■

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Michael Malone

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.