Linda Simmons, a reporter at KY3 Inc. for 14 years, has exited the newsroom over a COVID-19 vaccine mandate imposed by station owner Gray Television Inc. (NYSE: GTN).
Simmons made the announcement on Friday on her public Facebook page. The move is effective immediately.
"I value the freedom we all have to make our own informed decisions," she said in the Facebook post. "I’ve made a big decision and decided not to allow the company that owns KY3, Gray Television, to control my personal health choices."
Simmons indicated in the post that a religious exemption request she made was denied. In an interview this morning with Nick Reed of KSGF, Simmons said her request was not granted because she had to be around other people in her position. In the interview, she said her employment at KY3 was terminated.
Reports have surfaced from multiple media outlets about employees leaving other Gray Television outlets due to the vaccine requirement. The mandate, according to reporting by The Daily News in Michigan, required employees to be fully vaccinated by Oct. 1.
A KY3 employee since 2007, Simmons came to the station from WIBW TV in Topeka, Kansas, according to her LinkedIn profile.
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