Jury Awards Punitive Damages to Former Twin Cities Anchorwoman
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ A jury Thursday awarded $300,000 in punitive damages to an anchorwoman who claimed a television station deliberately misled her about her future role in news broadcasts.
The Hennepin County District Court jury on Wednesday awarded Ruth Spencer $82,603 in compensatory damages after finding that KSTP-TV managers falsely led her to believe they planned to ″extraordinarily promote″ her as an anchor.
Further, jurors decided, those false representations were made to deceive Spencer.
Spencer claimed station managers lied to her and by doing so prevented her from exercising an option in her contract that would have allowed her to leave.
″My reputation ... is restored,″ Spencer said the jury decision.
Mendes Napoli, KSTP’s vice president for news, said he’s glad the case is over so he can get back to the business of news.
Spencer, 37, was pulled from KSTP’s newscasts on Feb. 24, 1989, after she revealed in a meeting with Napoli that she was tape-recording their discussion.
Since March 1990, she has worked for WDIV-TV in Detroit in what she has described as a secondary anchor role.