A tracker identified Leland Vittert as a reporter with FOX News and disseminated information to summons additional rioters to attack Vittert and force him from the area.
While covering the George Floyd riots outside the White House in Washington, D.C., Vittert and his crew were attacked and pelted with liquid-filled bottles by protesters early morning Saturday May 30, 2020. Vittert and the TV crews security team fled the area. Vittert stated that he and his crew were assaulted after a tracker working with protesters realized they were employed by Fox News.
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"F–K FOX NEWS"
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) May 30, 2020
Prior to joining FNC, Vittert anchored the weekend news at KDVR-TV in Denver, Colorado and was a reporter for WFTV-TV in Orlando, Florida. Vittert also worked at KATV-TV in Little Rock, Arkansas; KNWA-TV in Fayetteville, Arkansas; and WMTV-TV in Madison, Wisconsin.
Vittert’s coverage of the riots over the death of Freddie Gray after mortal injuries suffered in a police transport van in Baltimore was praised by Mediaite and The Daily Caller. According to Mediaite, Vittert “made his mark … by standing among protesters, facing a silent line of riot police, while interviewing residents and demonstrators affected by the story in various ways. He [broke] news about the Baltimore mayor’s alleged stand-down orders for police, and [had] tense question-and-answer exchanges with lawmakers and public figures throughout the city.”
Vittert Covering Arab Spring
Arriving in the Middle East in 2010, Vittert began following the Arab Spring series of anti-government protests in six Arab countries. In 2011, he was one of the few reporters live on the ground in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on the night that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak left power. Vittert subsequently traveled to Libya during the first days of the country’s revolution, where he reported on Muammar Gadaffi’s counterattack and later from the besieged city of Misurata in northwest Libya, where pro-Gaddafi soldiers were shooting, killing and injuring unarmed civilians. Vittert said the Washington DC protest was the most scared he’s been since he was chased out of Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt by the Muslim Brotherhood.
Vittert Covering Gaza Strip Conflict
Vittert covered Operation Pillar of Cloud, the 2012 war between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip from November 14-21. He has interviewed Muhammad al-Zawahiri, the brother of Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.
Vittert Covering Eastern Ukraine Conflict
Before coming to Washington, D.C. in 2014, Vittert spent a month in Eastern Ukraine as Russian-backed militias took over parts of the country, beginning February 2014.
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