A Washington, D.C Reporter Shot Dead

Published: May 30, 2015

A Washington, D.C Reporter Shot Dead, journalist was fatally shot when the intended victim of a bullet used the young woman, who was transferring buses, as a human shield, police and family members said.

Charnice Milton, 27, was in the “wrong place, wrong time” and was “certainly not the intended victim,” D.C. police Chief Cathy Lanier told reporters at a somber scene in southeast D.C. She’d been covering a community meeting and texted her mother afterwards to say she was headed home. Ten minutes later, the innocent victim was gunned down in the street.

Milton had grown up in the neighborhood and dedicated herself to telling the stories of its residents, her grieving parents told reporters.

“She could have worked at any news media organization she wanted to,” her father, Ken McClenton, told WJLA-TV. “She had the credentials, she had the expertise, she had the knowledge, but she sacrificed and she stayed and wrote in Ward 8.”

Charnice Milton, 27, got a master’s degree at Syracuse University before returning home in D.C. to work for local news outlets.
Milton overcame childhood speech problems to get a communications scholarship and eventually graduate from Ball State University. She went on to get her master’s degree in 2011 from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University.

“I would not say Charnice was a natural born reporter,” said journalism professor Aileen Gallagher, who taught Milton in the fall of 2010. “She was earnest and trusting and kind, qualities which are great in humanity, but not necessarily in a journalist and I think she knew that and she worked hard to overcome it. She was shy, so speaking to strangers didn’t come naturally to her. What I really admired about her was that she didn’t give up, but week after week after week, she just did it until it wasn’t hard anymore.”


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