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Loud TV Reporter Apologizes After Clinton Halts Speech

September 11, 1996

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ A television reporter apologized on the air for talking so loudly during a live report Tuesday that President Clinton halted his speech to chide him.

``Does that guy want to give a speech back there?″ Clinton asked, drawing laughter and applause. ``We’ll be glad to listen to you, but we can’t both talk at the same time.″

Clinton had just started a speech to the Southern Governors’ Association when KMBC-TV reporter Kris Ketz, positioned on a platform 50 feet from Clinton, began wrapping up his live report, unaware that his voice was carrying across the room.

``I feel awful that it happened,″ Ketz said as he later apologized to Clinton and to viewers during the station’s evening newscast. He said in an interview that he also planned to write Clinton a letter of apology.

Ketz said he was unaware that he was talking so loudly. And because he was listening to station personnel in his earphone, he didn’t realize at the time that Clinton had singled him out.

``It’s part of the hazards of live television,″ he said.

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