Christine Chubbuck

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Christine Chubbuck (August 24, 1944, Hudson, Ohio – July 15, 1974, Sarasota, Florida) was an American television news reporter who committed suicide during a live television broadcast.


  • In keeping with the WXLT practice of presenting the most immediate and complete reports of local blood and guts news, TV 40 presents what is believed to be a television first. In living color, an exclusive coverage of an attempted suicide.
    • On July 15, 1974 at 9:38 AM, 8 minutes into her talk show, Suncoast Digest, on WXLT-TV. Moments later, Chubbuck produced a pistol from beneath her newsdesk and fatally shot herself in the head.

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