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Best Display of Grace Under Pressure 

Raphael James

Staff Pick

On the night of June 17, nine men and women were killed at the historic Emanuel AME Church in downtown Charleston. In the first hour after the shooting, the majority of the coverage was on social media. In fact, several of the town’s top news organizations seemingly ignored the story entirely. Some even continued to run prime-time programming uninterrupted for another two hours. But Live 5 and WTAT-Fox 24’s Raphael James was right there in the thick of things outside of Mother Emanuel, trying to make sense of the tragedy that just occurred. Although it was clear that he was shaken by what happened — as we all were — he maintained his composure and did what all true reporters do in such situations: he reported the news, however tragic it was. —Chris Haire

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