Last December when local trans woman Taysia Elzy was murdered, several local reporters used offensive language to describe Taysia and her relationship. While the Indianapolis Star did a training session with their staff after the incident, NBC's WTHR-13 reporter Steve Jefferson got named "Worst in the Nation" for his refusal to acknowledge his sub-standard reporting. WTHR's News Director Carolyn Williams promised to talk to the Station Manager about diversity training there, but was rebuffed; she did change the online version of the story to conform to the AP Style Guide.
This week another trans person hit the crime beat stories, but there was a noticeable difference in how their story was handled by a television station. ABC's WRTV-6 web editor Maggie Loiselle reached out before publishing her story on the arrest of an 85 year old crossdresser for prostitution. She wasn't sure which gender pronoun to use for Frances Tucher since she didn't know how Tucher presented most of the time.
Here's the pertinent clip from Loiselle's story: