September 22nd, 2009 | Uncategorized

Murder was third most covered story in US last week

Television stations and newscasters set up around 10 Amistad St. on Sept. 14.
Television stations and newscasters set up around 10 Amistad St. on Sept. 14. Photo by Yale Daily News.

Annie Le GRD ’13 was featured in more news stories across the country last week than any person beside President Barack Obama, according to the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.

A Pew study — a weekly examination of the news coverage by 55 different print, online, network television, cable and radio news outlets — found that Le’s murder was the third most covered news story in the United States the week of Sept. 14-20, garnering more attention than the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and accounting for almost a tenth of all stories nationwide.

Most notably, the network television morning shows devoted a full third of their total news coverage to discussing Le’s murder. The most-covered story in the country was the health care debate, followed by the economy, according to the study.