Being a news anchor is sometimes difficult. In fact sometimes extremely difficult. You are expected to report on the absurd without laughing and the tragic without crying. Supreet Kaur, 28, had to report on a fatal car crash of a Renault Duster with five passengers. Not only did she succeed but she finished the broadcast despite the fact that she had just reported on the death of her husband that she just learned about as she was reading the news script. After the program she went into a meltdown and she is receiving praise from peers and viewers who were astonished at her professionalism.
While the reporter didn’t identify the three victims by name there were enough details for Kaur to realise her husband, Harshad Kawade, had been killed.
She knew he had been travelling on the same road, at the same time with four friends in the same type of car identified in the accident.
But brave Kaur maintained her professionalism and continued to read the headlines for another ten minutes – before breaking down in tears off camera.
Colleagues were full of admiration for the way the 28-year-old mother of one handled the situation.
One editor told the Indian Express: ‘It speaks volumes about her sense of duty and professionalism that she continued and kept calm for another 10 minutes.
‘The moment the cameras were off she began calling her relatives and broke down. She left for the accident site after that.
I can’t even imagine what that was like for her. When my wife died, I lost it and we knew it was coming after she was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. That woman performed one of the bravest feats I have ever heard of, especially since she had to face their son and explain to him what had happened. My heart goes out to her.