Before Vester Flanagan allegedly took the lives of his former WDBJ co-workers on Aug. 26, he had a long career as a journalist on local television stations around the nation. Here are just a few clips of Vester AKA Bryce Williams’ on-air work.
Vester Flanagan, 41, who went by the name of Bryce Williams on-air, held a career as a journalist at many local stations. However, that changed when the former reporter was let go from his position as a multi-media journalist at WDBJ in 2013 and allegedly shot Alison Parker, 24, and Adam Ward, 27, on Aug. 26. After the shooting, he turned the gun on himself and was left in critical condition before dying in a hospital.
Long before Vester started working at WDBJ7, he started out as a news intern at KPIX-TV in San Francisco, Calif., according to Vester’s LinkedIn profile. Five months after his internship, the former reporter took a position as a production assistant and weekend news editor. Vester’s reporting career lasted from June 1993 to March 2000 where he left his position as a reporter, anchor, and producer at WTWC-TV. These are some of the news stories he produced during his time at various local news stations:
For roughly two years, Vester put his reporting career on hold and worked as a customer service representative at a Bank of America and then held the same title at Pacific Gas and Electric Company. The 41-year-old went back to reporting in 2002 at WNCT-TV for two years before moving on to the position of communications director at NDG interactive and staying there for seven years.
He then ultimately moved on to WDBJ7 where he worked from 2012 to 2013. During his time at WDBJ, Alison was an intern reporter, according to her LinkedIn profile, Vester claimed via Twitter that the young reporter “made racist comments” while Adam reported him to HR after “working with [him] one time.” This wasn’t the first time Vester has claimed to observe racism in the workplace. In 2000, the 41-year-old filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against his then-employer, the Tallahassee affiliate of NBC. All of these events reportedly led up to the tragic shootings that occurred in Moneta, Virginia on the morning of Aug. 26.
Senseless Shooting Leads To Death Of Two TV Journalists In Virginia
As Alison and Adam were both conducting an interview with Vicki Gardner at Bridgewater Plaza when the shooting happened. Not too long after the act of violence, Vester reportedly uploaded a video of the shooting to his Facebook under his on-air pseudonym Bryce Williams. He then became identified as a suspect in the incident and led authorities in a short chase before turning the gun on himself. The reporter was found in critical condition and transported to a hospital where he died.
The motive of the attack is currently unknown at this time. Vicki, the other victim in this tragic shooting, is in stable condition after being sho tin the back and having emergency surgery.
Our thoughts are with all the victims’ families and friends at this time.
— Michelle Phi