Wednesday, March 4, 2015
KTVU Reporter Ken Wayne Spends a Night in the Tenderloin (Video)
KTVU anchor/reporter, Ken Wayne, spent a night in a residential hotel in the Tenderloin. That was the easy part. And the safest.
In this rather riveting (and sometimes scary video segment--aired on the 10 O' Clock News on Monday night) Wayne walks around one of SF's most dangerous and drug-infested, wacked-out, chock full of crazy people neighborhoods--complete with hidden chest camera documenting the experience. He informed the few folks that were willing and able to talk about the camera.
In the ensuing piece, he encounters a woman who has been on crack for thirty years; you feel both sorry and anxious for her at the same time. Later on, Wayne talks to a guy on the street who says "it's crazy out here." The guy speaks coherently --not crazy at all. He too seems lucid and not that nutty --speaking of which, later on in the video, Wayne bumps into (or maybe vice-versa--it doesn't really matter) some very angry and deranged guy--his first troublesome encounter. The man momentarily pushes Wayne and all hell could break loose--but it doesn't, thankfully, and Wayne moves on and the guy disappears. Frightening and harrowing to the max.
We've all heard and experienced our own travails about this and other skid rows in the Bay Area. The Tenderloin is a mere blocks away from the other-world glitz of new-tech Downtown San Francisco--a world apart in reality but quite close geographically.
Wayne notified the Tenderloin station of the SFPD who advised him to stay away from groups and "use common sense" otherwise he was on his own. It was good, effective TV News --shades of old "Segment 2" -KTVU offerings.
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