Jessica Sanchez, young reporter sent to New Orleans to cover the build-up to Sunday’s NFL Super Bowl, shocked viewers of Orlando’s Local 6 News when she asked a woman how long she had been suffering from a sexual transmitted disease during a live television interview.
Usually Jessica Sanchez is traffic anchor for the station, but this week she is in New Orleans reporting on the buildup to Sunday’s big game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens.
However, after her snarky segment broadcast live at 6:15 the other morning, she may be back doing the traffic report sooner than she had hoped.
In the video footage posted below, Jessica Sanchez is talking to camera when a loud and drunk reveler stumbles into shot and starts to talk rather incoherently. “California… 49-ers,” she manages to say.
Looking and sounding distinctly unimpressed by the interruption, Jessica Sanchez then asks the woman if she would like to be interviewed.
“We were just talking about the STD rate that’s going on here,” says Jessica Sanchez, completely out of the blue.
“So how long have you had an STD?”
The loud drunk woman suddenly sobers up very quickly as she processes what she has been asked.
“I don’t have an STD,” she responds.
“Ohhh, then why did you want to talk?” Jessica Sanchez says, sounding rude and unprofessional rather than cool and sassy as she perhaps intended.
“I don’t have an STD; that is so disrespectful,” the videobomber answers before she makes one final shout out to the 49-ers before stumbling back to the party.
Since the impromptu interview is taking place on Bourbon Street in the early hours of the morning when only the most hardcore of partygoers are likely to be still standing it isn’t too surprising that a drunken person should want to get in front of the camera.
What is most shocking about the clip is how unpleasant and nasty Jessica Sanchez comes across as she breaks one of the golden rules of television – making it abundantly clear that you don’t want to be covering what it is that you are reporting on.
Traffic anchor Jessica Sanchez began her TV career co-hosting a Saturday morning kid’s show in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1993. Since graduating from the University of Utah in 2000 she has worked for KPVI Newschannel 6 in Idaho and has been in Orlando since 2004.