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TV cameraman punched, robbed of camera in Oakland

Updated at: 11/08/2012 5:05 PM
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(AP) OAKLAND, Calif. - A TV news cameraman is back at work after a group of young men punched him and stole his camera while he was on assignment on a busy Oakland, Calif., street.

Wednesday’s attack occurred as KPIX-TV cameraman Gregg Welk and reporter Anne Mackovec were wrapping up an election story outside Oakland Technical High School for the station’s noon newscast.

Station spokeswoman Akilah Bolden-Monifa says Welk was confronted by a group of young men who hit him and ran off with his camera to a car.

Bolden-Monifa says Welk sought medical treatment on his own and was back at work on Thursday. Mackovec was not injured.

It was the latest in a series of attacks involving journalists in Oakland within the past year, including one involving a KGO-TV cameraman while covering a murder near the Occupy Oakland encampment.

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