Topic: Disaster Relief and Recovery
On Monday, April 15, two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring more than 200 people. Local television and radio broadcasters provided outstanding wall-to-wall coverage. Politico reported that President Obama got his news from local Boston stations Sunbeamís WHDH-TV and Hearst Televisionís WCVB-TV. Rob Owen of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said coverage on Bostonís local stations was "largely professional, measured and superior to what the cable and [broadcast] networks had to offer... [T]he best coverage could be found on local TV in Boston, which was available online via Web streams." The The Boston Herald praised broadcasters, noting that WHDH-TVís Adam Williams reported on the air while the two suspects and police exchanged 200 rounds of gunfire.
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