NENPA has learned that former Portland Press Herald reporter Josie Huang was arrested last night while covering a protest in California.
According to a story in KPCC/LAist, where Huang has been a correspondent since 2012, deputies arrested her last night while she was covering the ambush shooting of two deputies in Compton.
Huang was wearing a lanyard with her press credential hanging from her neck when she was thrown to the ground and recorded the encounter.
She was released at about 4 a.m. this morning without bail, but was cited for an obstruction charge.
The incident has sparked outrage among fellow journalists, who are calling her arrest a violation of the First Amendment.
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Huang was a newspaper reporter in New England from 1999 – 2008 working first at the Springfield Republican for almost two years, then almost seven years at the Portland Press Herald.
Before heading to California Huang was a Producer/Host for the Maine Public Broadcasting Network from 2008 – 2012. She has been at KPCC/LAist since 2012.