NewsNation Reporter Arrested At Ohio Governor’s Press Convention

A stunning clip exhibits legislation enforcement handcuffing a NewsNation correspondent whereas he was reporting from a press convention attended by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) on Wednesday.

Evan Lambert, a NewsNation correspondent based mostly in Washington, D.C., was arrested in East Palestine, Ohio, as he was masking the aftermath of a practice derailment close to the Pennsylvania state line.

Police instructed Lambert, who was doing a reside shot from an Ohio Emergency Administration Company press convention, to be quiet as DeWine spoke earlier than they ultimately pushed him “to the bottom, cuffed and arrested” him, in line with the subscription tv community, previously often called WGN America.

DeWine mentioned Wednesday that the arrest was not one thing he approved legislation enforcement to do.

“It has all the time been my apply that if I’m doing a press convention, somebody desires to report on the market they usually need to be speaking again to the individuals again on channel, no matter, they’ve each proper to try this,” DeWine mentioned. “If somebody was stopped from doing that, or instructed they might not try this, that was unsuitable. It was nothing that I approved.”

Lambert, as he was positioned right into a squad automobile, mentioned, “It’s powerful to do your job in America in 2023, however we’ll maintain doing it.”

Lambert was charged with legal trespass and disorderly conduct, in line with a press release from NewsNation’s Washington bureau chief, Mike Viqueira. He was ultimately launched from jail late Wednesday.

Viqueira, who mentioned Lambert was secure and calm, mentioned the reporter was doing his job on the press convention.

“As you see from the movies, he was doing his job ― what a whole bunch of journalists do with out incident ― reporting to the general public on a matter of pressing, crucial curiosity to our viewers,” Viqueira mentioned.

DeWine’s workplace, in a press release to NewsNation, mentioned the governor has “all the time revered the media’s proper to report reside.”

“As a result of the Governor didn’t witness what occurred after the published ended, we can not present touch upon what led to the reporter’s arrest.”

HuffPost reached out to the East Palestine Police Division for added touch upon Lambert’s arrest.