Los Angeles TV Reporter Alpert Settles Lawsuit Against ABC Inc.

Jan 1, 2004

Television news reporter Adrienne Alpert at KABC-7 TV in Los Angeles, CA, who was critically burned in 2000 when the mast of a news van antenna she was working in hit a power line, has settled a lawsuit against ABC Inc. and other companies stemming from the accident according to published reports that quote a statement from her attorney, Bruce Broillet. The attorney said that Alpert and ABC have agreed not to disclose details of the settlement.

Alpert's story was reported several times in News Photographer after the incident, and she continued to work at KABC-7 after recovering from several surgeries and physical rehabilitation.

The reporter was on assignment in Hollywood on May 22, 2000 when a KABC-7 photographer raised the 42-foot telescoping mast of their news van into an overhead power line, according to the suit. Reports said electricity shot through the van and her body as she stepped out of the vehicle. Alpert lost half of her right leg, half of her left arm, part of her left foot and several fingers on the right hand in the aftermath of the electrocution.

In the suit against ABC Inc., Alpert alleged negligence by ABC and contended that the company was responsible for providing training in the operation of the news van. A story in the San Diego Union Tribune reports that Alpert had previously reached an $800,000 settlement with the maker of the van's mast, Will-Burt Co., and that the settlement became known to them when court documents about the pending suit against ABC Inc. were made public.

The KABC-7 Web site says that Alpert joined KABC-7 as a reporter in 1996. She graduated from San Diego State University with a journalism degree and worked at KSDO News Radio in San Diego as an anchor and reporter with a Sunday night talk show. In 1977 she joined KGTV, the ABC affiliate in San Diego, and was an anchor and reporter there for 19 years before coming to KABC-7.