The perils and pitfalls of live television mean when you’re making the news… anything can happen.
That was the Rochester Minnesota reporter Adam Sallet’s experience this week, when his live hit for local news station KIMT.
Sallet was reporting on a robbery that had happened at the bank the day before… amazingly, moments before he went live to air, the robber returned and hit the bank a second time.
Sallet says most people’s first question when they see the footage is ‘why doesn’t the camera turn to show the theif?”
The answer? Because there is no camera man.
“I am a cameraman, editor, writer reporter. So basically, it’s just me out there.”
Fortunately, the camera was rolling before he went live, and the station did get some footage of the suspect.
“We discovered last night after a few hours of trying to get it to work, we did find some video showing the suspect behind me going in, and then coming out. We missed it by two or three seconds, but now we have that video for the audience.”
WATCH: Unseen footage of bank robber fleeing seconds before Sallet goes to air
Naturally, the report has gone viral – making Sallet something of a social media celebrity.
— James Wilcox (@JamesWilcoxABC6) December 16, 2015
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It was a once in a life time news experience for the young reporter… and he says he hopes it stays that way.
“I just hope if I’m ever doing another live shot, nothing like this ever happens again. I couldn’t handle another one of these.”
But while the report has made Sallet a bit more of a celebrity than he’s comfortable with – on the plus side, he’s now probably known to every news director in the country.
LISTEN: KIMT News 3 reporter Adam Sallet talks with Drex about catching a bank robbery live on air